Here are some tips that will help you produce a better video.
Practice simple composition techniques
Get dynamic close ups
Be aware of background distractions
Don't pan, tilt or zoom - move left/right, in/out or cut closer/farther
Instead of speeding up video, shoot close-ups and cut on the action quicker
Bring people/objects to the foreground
Shoot faces not profiles or back of heads
Find something (tripod, chair, etc.) to hold your shot steadier
Use static shots because without the proper equipment camera movement is difficult
Purpose and Value are the two things that will define your choices in production.
Amateur storytellers often disregard simple production techniques opting to "run and gun" or "just get the shot". True professionals understand the value of the tools needed to produce high quality products.
Plan for the worst, hope for the best when constructing your sequences.
Every production has logistics, even the smallest ones. After building a storyboard students still have many decisions to make, each choice comes with its own pros/cons. For example shooting a sequence with one shot seems easier but where you account for all the actions that must be choreographed to "fit" in the shot it can begin to become a much more difficult task. A sequence with multiple scenes and locations can have shots that are quick and faster to capture, however there might be more locations needed to shoot, which means more set-up/breakdown and travel time used.
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