17 Jun Get Camera Ready for Your Film or Video Shoot
So you’ve never been filmed but now you find yourself as the on-camera talent. We’ve got you covered! The Midweek Productions team works with a lot of people who are experts at what they do but have no idea what to expect when it comes to being on camera.
We are here to make being on camera as easy and fun as possible.
As people who work behind the camera, we realize that being on camera can be a little intimidating. Cameras are pointed at you, there are talking points you want to make, the entire crew is completely focused on you, the lights might be a bit blinding and you have to think about your posture at all times.
Think of this more like a conversation with a friend than a presentation. The crew is your support system. They are focused on trying to make you look and sound as good as possible so that you can focus on what you are saying.
In most cases, a half-hour interview will be edited down to about 2 minutes of video. If you stumble over words, you can take it over again. If you forgot to mention something in an answer, you can take it over again. If you made a funny face, you can take it over again.
We love to tell people “it’s the beauty of editing!”
Don’t Over-Rehearse or Read from a Script
When you are trying to memorize a script and are not an actor, you most likely will end up being stiff and sounding like a robot.
When you are reading from a teleprompter, the viewer will be able to tell that you are reading. There is a time and a place for teleprompters, like newscasting or hosting, but for the most part, it will not sound or look natural.
Like we mentioned before, this should feel like a conversation! The audience will relate and trust someone more who feels natural and passionate about what they are talking about. You can write out specific points you want to make, but use them as a reminder rather than a crutch.
We place the interviewer right next to the camera so that you face them directly and feel like you are having a chat. We also encourage natural hand motions and facial expressions.
Makeup isn’t just for the ladies in production!
The most important use for makeup is to de-shine and even out the skin tone. Typically this can easily be accomplished with a translucent powder or absorbing wipes. We typically bring these with us on every shoot because they are so useful. You can also use a foundation to even out your skin tone.
Be sure to check if there will be a makeup artist on set. If so, you don’t really have to worry about much except letting them know what type of skin tone you have. If there is not a makeup artist then do your makeup as you would normally do, but slightly darker. We are not talking stage makeup, that’s too much! We are looking for just enough for the camera to pick it up.
Will there be a hairstylist on set? If not, it is in your hands! (Unless of course, you don’t have hair, then you can move on to the next section)
Just like makeup, be sure to style in a way that makes you feel comfortable. Try to avoid hair going into your face and bring hairspray!
Sometimes if there is a makeup artist but not hairstylist, the makeup artist may do light hair. This means that you should come with your hair the way you want it and they may use some hairspray to control any flyaways.
The big question that we get from new on camera talent is: “What should I wear?”
This really depends on what the video is for but below is a basic checklist to follow:
- Wear comfortable clothing that represents your industry, personality or whatever you are promoting;
- Avoid wearing clothing with a logo other than your brand (i.e. Nike, Adidas, Polo);
- Avoid wearing clothing with thin stripes or fine patterns;
- Avoid wearing green if shooting on a green screen;
- Avoid reflective clothing;
- Avoid large jewelry that hangs around the collar (so it doesn’t interfere with the mic); and
- Check to see if there are any requirements for your particular shoot.
“See, that wasn’t so painful.”
– Us after every interview
No two shoots are the same, but hopefully this will give the basic gist of what to expect when you are set to be on camera. The most important things are to relax and be yourself. Wear clothes, hair and makeup like you would every day. When you are comfortable then everything comes together naturally.
Have any other production questions, let us know! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.