Quick Tips For Setting Up Your Film Set
Your story is the most important thing. But before you press record it’s worth just checking a couple of things first to make sure that your story is going to come across in the best way.
- Windows. Face your camera away from any windows. DO make sure your main source of light is behind the camera. DON’T sit in front of a window or bright lights as this will mean your face will be dark.
- Lights. Make sure the room is well lit. The more even light you can get in the room, the better the image will look on camera. But keep in mind point 1 – make sure you have more light behind the camera than in front. Don’t shine a light directly in your face as it will make you squint and your face appear all shiny. Instead, point lights up and away from you. This will create a more natural looking image!
- Background.Remove any distracting items from the background. It’s never a bad thing to have a quick tidy up; and try not to have moving objects in the background that might take the focus away from you.
- Camera.Try and place your camera or phone on a steady surface rather than hand-held. This removes un-nessecary camera-shake which again is distracting. Use a tripod if you have one, but if you don’t just balance it on a book or shelf.
Here’s an example of what can be achieved by following the advice above – all done on a standard webcam…