In Part One we talked about tips and tricks to help get you comfortable behind the camera. But we still know that “Lights, Camera, Action” can be intimidating even to the most prepared.
So we’re here to help you.
On our end, we can set up the most exceptionally gorgeous shot in the world, but if we are incapable of making you, the subject of that shot shine, we’re just left with a bunch of fashion and no function.
In part two, we will focus on how our crew can help ensure that our subjects are as comfortable as possible, and, by extension, performing at top capacity when in front of the lens. And, perhaps even more importantly, how we can relieve the subject’s nerves if they are kinda-sorta freaking out.
Breaking the Ice
Not everyone is an extrovert jumping at the opportunity to be on camera. We certainly aren’t ourselves.
We want you to be comfortable working with us and behind the camera, so we take the time to get to know you. For us, it’s as simple as just talking and getting to know you during setup and between takes. It’s sharing stories and experiences and information about the production. We also enjoy having a little fun on site (when appropriate - we laugh at ourselves, we tell a few corny jokes, we get a little awkward. We won’t minimize your fears of being on camera, but we will also do what it takes to help you loosen up and laugh a little.
We, as an entire crew, enjoy getting to know our clients. We also enjoy having a little fun on site (when appropriate). Our hope is always that we can be real and relatable for you to connect with and ease any present tension.
And who knows, you may just become that video-loving extrovert.
Sharing Our Process
From the very beginning of any project, this is a must.
Maybe this isn’t your project. Maybe you were asked to be interviewed, or be on camera talent for b-roll. Either way, we want you to be a part of the process as much as possible.
The cameras, lighting, mic, and backdrops can seem both foreign and intimidating. This certainly won’t help you relax. So we make sure you know what to expect and what exactly is going on. We take the time to explain what a lavalier microphone is, and why it is being clipped to your jacket; we explain why we are filming with two cameras, and what options this will provide for in post; what’s with all the lights and why do they seem so bright, and so on. We also take the time to get to know you; why you may have been chosen for an interview; what this project means to you; if you’ve ever been on camera before; what your day is like. And we let you get to know us.
Our hope is that you can forget about all the cameras and lights, and can just relax in a comfortable setting.
We take the extra moments to bring you into the process to not only help ease your mind, but to truly bring you into the production. After all, this is your project (or at least a project you’re invested in).
Minimizing the Risk
We understand that fear is real here. We are here to do whatever is within our power to minimize it.
How? Remember these things:
If you ever feel like you don’t like how something you said sounds, feel free to go back and start over. We want you to be happy with your responses.
Take your time. We can do this as many times as we need to - depending on how much time you may have - there’s no pressure to be perfect.
You have permission to mess up! Almost all productions will be clipped and edited in the end. So take your time, take the extra takes; we’ll get there - trust us.
And go ahead and ask us how many takes it would or did take us. The answer will put you right at ease.
Remember, almost everyone that gets in front of the camera feels the same way that you do, that it is totally normal; and, again, we will get through this together.
Providing For You
A bottle of water. A copy of the script nearby. A teleprompter or white board if needed.
From where and how we setup, to what we provide nearby for you, we are here to make you feel comfortable, not just mentally, but physically too.
All in All
We know that every client and production is unique and presents its own unique challenges for us to work on overcoming and mastering - and we promise we will.
Being in front of the camera doesn’t need to be a terrifying undertaking, so long as both sides of the lens are doing what they can to make the process as painless as possible - and we promise we will.
Remember to check out Part One for tips on how to get comfortable on camera.