4 Tips for Shooting Video of Yourself on Your Phone
- Choose a space that is well-lit with as little background noise as possible.
- Avoid spaces where you will be back-lit, such as sitting in front of a window or a lamp, as this could cause you to be silhouetted and difficult to see. Position yourself to keep your main light source in front of you.
- Also, avoid spaces where there would be distracting clutter in the shot.
- Framing your shot
- Position the camera at your eye level to avoid shooting yourself at high or low angles, and keep yourself centered in the frame.
- Use a tripod to keep your camera steady. Some selfie sticks come with a built-in tripod. If you don’t have this equipment available, then propping up the phone on a flat surface can work.
- Front or back-facing camera
The back-facing camera on your phone will provide higher quality video due to a better lens and higher megapixels. But if you prefer to be able to see yourself as you shoot, then you can use the front-facing camera.
KEEP IN MIND: As you’re shooting, keep eye contact with the lens as if it’s the person you’re talking to.
- Hitting the record button
- Give yourself a couple of seconds after you hit the record button to start talking. This will give the final video editor room to splice in your video and transition between others.
- Be sure to smile before you start talking and after you finish.
- Speak clearly and avoid muttering or trailing off as you talk.
- Some more helpful tips
- Keep water on hand (but make sure you can’t see it in the shot) for when your mouth or throat get dry.
- Avoid wearing jewelry that can make noise, like bangled bracelets.
- Don’t be too hard on yourself. Most people get nervous being on camera and it can take multiple tries to get it right!
The Three Steps Involved in Creating a TV Commercial
“It is expected that TV advertising revenue in the United States will grow … to 81 billion [dollars] in 2025,” Statista reports. And oh, we know: you want in on that.
But without experience behind the camera — let alone walking meticulously through each step of commercial advertising — you might (understandably) not know where to start.
So, if you’re looking for a basic three-step rundown on the commercial creation process to help you get prepared, simply read on with us:
Step One: Pre-Production
Pre-Production is the planning phase that involves brainstorming, establishing a vision, writing the initial script, and creating a shooting script and/or storyboard.
The difference between a shooting script and a storyboard is that…
- A shooting script is written descriptions of visuals that will be captured to represent the content of the script
- A storyboard includes drawn thumbnails or illustrations to convey what those shots will look like.
Otherwise, in addition to the aforementioned, pre-production may also include “hiring the actors and crew, finding locations, determining what equipment you’ll need, and figuring out the budget,” as explained by MasterClass.
Step Two: Production
Production is precisely what you might expect it to be: it is the process of going on location or into a studio in order to capture all of the video/audio content that will be in the commercial.
This includes shooting scenes with the required actors/talent, capturing any B-roll content to be spliced in, and recording audio (such as voiceovers or custom music).
And remember, when you’re deciding what that content should be, always hone in on the interests in passions of your target audience. This is because “video viewers said relating to their passions is 3X more important than content featuring famous actors,” as reported by Google.
Step Three: Post-Production
Post-production is where everything comes together in the process of editing.
Production specialists will use video editing software to cut together the best shots from the footage that was captured before laying in the audio bed, which includes:
- Sound effects
“Additionally, this is the point at which any other visual elements — like motion graphics — will be added in order to create the final product according to the established vision during the pre-production process,” Mad Men Marketing Director of Production Tamara Dileo says.
And remember: if you aren’t sure what story or message you want to convey on-screen, you’re not alone — Mad Men Marketing is ready to help you adjust your focus!
From photography to videography and more, we’re eager to get behind the camera and help you capture your brand’s vision. After all, our research-driven and content-inspired agency believes that your television commercial should help you to interact with your audience, not interrupt them.
So, are you ready to interact? If so, reach out to Mad Men Marketing today by calling 904-355-1766!