It’s finally here, and I’m pretty excited to share it. The very first behind the scenes video I’ve made, from the fashion shoot we did a while ago in Antwerp.
I’ve been wanting to shoot some behind the scenes videos for a while now. However I had no second camera to film with. I still don’t actually. Everything I used for this video was borrowed.
The the point and shoot camera we’ve filmed with: from my mom.
The microphone to record the voice-over: from my boyfriend.
The software to montage it all together: the 7-day trial of Premiere Pro.
The video bug has bitten me now. The newness and the learning aspect of it excites me.
I guess I’ll have to start looking into acquiring a video camera of my own, along with some other gear, if I want to be making more of these though.
Behind the scenes
And now without further ado the behind the scenes video in question. In the video I go a little bit into detail about how the shoot came together.
A first assessment about shooting video
Since this was a first attempt, and I pretty much went in without a plan, I’ve noted some points to improve upon next time.
- Move slowly: I shot some footage where I went for a closeup of the make-up table. And even though I thought I was moving slowly enough, after reviewing the footage I found it too fast and unpleasant to watch.
- Stand still even: Not every piece of footage needs to be dynamic, moving in from left to right, circling the scene or whatever. Footage from a tripod is perfectly nice too. And it’s easier to follow.
- Watch your shake: At this point a gimbal would be too expensive to invest in, so for now we’ll just have to be a bit more mindful of the “bumpiness” of our movements.
- Know thy gear: Pretty self explanatory. I was probably shooting in the wrong mode on the little point and shoot. I think that some of the out of focus footage is a direct result from that.
- Shoot with a (bit of a) plan: It depends on what kind of video you want to make of course. A casual snippet into the shoot, or a fully edited video? I had originally intended to put the footage to some music only. I changed my mind however and decided that the video needed to be more informative. So I wrote a little script about what I wanted to talk about. However, now I found that I was missing some footage to match the topic at hand. Or my text on a specific point was too long and the video had moved on to a different scene already.
- Sound is important: Honestly, bad sound makes me run away from videos so fast no matter how interested I might be in the content.
I thought the voice-recordings had a few bits where the sound pitch spiked a bit too high. Perhaps this can be mended in Premiere, but I haven’t looked further into editing sound snippets yet.
- Script what you’re going to say: I tried to just talk about the shoot like it was a casual conversation. But I was falling over my words, I was forgetting what I was going to say…. Writing a script and reading it word for word made it much easier for me. Of course there’s no need to write it down word for word like I did. But do write down which points you want to touch upon at least, otherwise you might forget something.
- Voice over has its advantages: You can snip into your recordings as much as you like when you’re recording a voice over. Had a great take except for the very last sentence? Just re-record the last bit and add it to your video assembly seamlessly. Opposed to a video recording, where you’d have to redo the whole take to avoid a jumpy video.
Some things that I’d also like to look further into is how to colour grade video. I’m used to ‘selective colour‘ and ‘colour balance‘ for most of my color work in Photoshop, but I’m not quite sure yet what the equivalent would be in Premiere. Or perhaps there are even other programs out there that would work even better for this.
During shoots I’d also like to record voices, so the videos can give a better sense of the interactions and directions during the shoot. But I haven’t done any further research into what I’d need for that yet.
As I mentioned above, I used the Premiere pro trial and that trial is now expired. At this point the monthly price tag for a very very occasional use of Premiere is just a tad too steep, and I can’t justify the expense. So I’ll have to look into what other software could be a possible alternative.