HOW TO SHOOT AN AWESOME URLIFE VIDEO

THE BASICS

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    Hold your phone sideways. So it looks like a movie screen.

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    Find good light. Keep the light (or sun) behind you, so it shines in the subjects face.

ADVANCED

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    Get all types of footage. With BOTH pictures AND video.

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    SUPER WIDE. We call it an "establishing shot". We want to see the whole backyard, beach or hotel.

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    WIDE. Stand back far enough to be able to see the kid holding the basketball, as well as the basket. On vacations, If there is a
    landmark in the background, include that.

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    CLOSE UPS. Generally from the waist up. Faces having fun.

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    STORY TIME. You are documenting this piece of history. Think of it like telling a story with visuals. What is important to you?

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    SELFIES. Are great. But try for these other shots also.

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    CONTEXT. Film everything unique about this place. And everything you paid for. Example:  Face painting, Balloon guy, Food truck.

SUPER ADVANCED - HOLLYWOOD DIRECTOR

Let’s give your editor something to work with!
  • icon10 MOVIE STAR ENTRANCE

    A slow pan from right to left, landing on the action is great. You can also pan from the sky down to the action on the ground. Walk with the camera to find your subjects. Or follow them around.

  • icon11 GROUP SHOTS

    Gather everyone together for a picture.  Have them smile (of course). Then have them SCREAM - it makes a great photo. Then switch to video and have them say THE KEY PHRASE, "Happy Birthday" OR “Welcome to Hawaii”.

  • icon12 EXTREME CLOSE UPS

    Get tight shots of the things that have meaning to you. Signs. A matchbook cover. Menu items. Food. Wine labels. 

  • icon13 TRY LOW ANGLES

    Kneel down or Lay down as the kids approach you. Think Michael Bay.