So a couple weeks ago I filmed, directed, and co-edited Former Vandal's music video for Comedown (which if you haven't checked his music out yet I 10/10 would reccomend!) Holy shit. Never did I ever think that video would be such hard work. Turns out video is very little like photography. Also turns out my expensive ass camera doesn't take high quality video. Also also turns out it's next to impossible to get 20 people in one room at the same time to model for a video. I'm tempted to keep going but I'm going to stop here. So let's just say in the end, it turns out that all of the shortcomings and difficulties were worth it when I finally saw the finished product.
Because I had so many ridiculous struggles, I'm going to try and save you guys the pain and tears I had to endure by making a list of things I wish someone had told me before getting into videography.
1. STORYBOARD. Don't wing it and think you will have enough B roll shots at the end BECAUSE YOU WON'T
2. Zoom to focus. Use the little digital zoom thing and make sure that you can see every single damn nose hair on that person's face. If you don't zoom into focus, there is a 95% chance it's going to be out of focus.
3. Check your camera's video settings and make sure it films in 24 p (progressive frames per second) which is cinema quality.
4. If you're going to do slow motion, shoot in 60p. AND DO NOT FORGET TO CHANGE IT BACK TO 24P WHEN YOU ARE NOT SHOOTING SLOW MO IT IS A VERY NOTICABLE DIFFERENCE.
5. Don't skimp and not buy a stabilizer. You can even buy a $50 one. I promise you though, you NEED a stabilizer.
6. Don't go over ISO 800! Keep the ISO as low as possible. Bring external light into the shot before you raise the ISO. If you're working with a zoom lens, zoom all the way out and get closer to your subject to let more light in. You can also lower your shutter speed and bring your fstop down to let more light in, JUST DON'T RAISE YOUR ISO.
7. When it comes to editing, I don't give a fuck what anyone tells you, final cut is better than premiere (and that's saying a lot considering that I edit with premiere)
8. Try really hard not to have panic attacks through the whole thing.