We didn't do a blog last week as we've been super busy. Sam was actually out of the office all last week filming Showreels for Scene II Performing Arts Academy and their students. Meanwhile, Jordan was stationed in the office completing projects for Alloyfabweld and he went and took some fantastic new pictures for The Cork House and their new menu in Stansted Mountfitchet.
This week we're going to be talking about Videography, featuring Sam's work last week on showreels. Firstly, location is key. Showreels need to capture your audiences attention immediately so an interesting and unique location is a great advantage. Don't just pick somewhere at random, think about the significance of where you're filming! Last week Sam filmed a street/commercial dance at an abandoned underpass covered in graffiti. The bright colours mixed with the gritty concrete created a visually stimulating location.
If you're filming an acting scene the location is equally key but this time relevance is the more important factor. Where would this scene actually be set? Don't be afraid to dress your set by using Extras/SA's and incorporating props into the scene. This can take a showreel from looking mediocre and average to professional.
Also, make sure you're Camera(s) are set up accurately. If you're using multiple cameras make sure the settings are similar to create the effect it was only filmed on one camera. Keep the ISO, aperture and shutter speed the same and if you can't edit the other settings to create a visual that matches as much as possible. Another key factor when filming is take into account the style of what you're filming as this massively effects how it should look. For instance: if you're filming a gritty fight scene you're going to want it look dark and mysterious not bright and airy. There's plenty you can change in the editing process but if it's filmed to the style in the first place you'll save a lot of time in post-production.
Finally, preparation is key. Make sure you or your client has prepared a storyboard or shot list. This saves a lot of time on set and makes the filming and editing process much smoother as you both know exactly what you're aiming for. Obviously, little bits might change when on set or in the editing process as ideas develop but this preparation is a great starting point.
Here's a little peak at one of the completed showreels:
The Team at Capture House
Some clips weren't filmed by Capture House. They were snippets of college shows filmed previously.