Summer vacation is such a great time to shoot video of your family. Here are five tips to make your family memories the best!
#5 – Shoot lots of candid video You don’t have to herd everyone into a group shot while they wave and say “cheese”! Much more interesting is shooting candid videos of your subjects living real life.
#4 – Get plenty of footage to edit Your video camera is not a still camera. Keep it rolling for a while rather than just getting small snippets. You never know what someone might say or do that will make your scene.
#3 – Let the scenery speak for itself Don’t forget to establish the setting. Let the scenery be the star of your video once in a while as well.
#2 – Use video shorthand to document moments This is where you can really get creative. Instead of your subject saying, “We’re in the hotel room because it’s raining” you might show rain dripping off the roof. Instead of saying (off camera) “Boy, it’s sure hot today!” show a quick moment of a man with his shirt wrapped around his head, or a bottle sweating in the sun.
#1 – Make it fun Family videos are about fun and precious memories that will be enjoyed for years. If your subjects are having fun it will be fun to watch
Yesterday I had the honor to interview three of our veterans at our local Veterans Hospital/Retirement Community. I know it meant a half-day out of the studio, but it was worth it. We interviewed three individual that served in WWII. One was a Mobile Hospital Nurse; she served in the continental US, Hawaii, and Europe. She remained on active duty until she was forced to retire. She turned 91 this month. The second was station in Europe and served in the Artillery Division. The third was stationed in the continental US and served as a Supply Officer. It was amazing how clear their memories and stories were. I plan to use parts of the interview in a piece I am doing on Rolling Thunder – Run for the Wall.
I purchased a Go-Pro camera for my helmet to capture video during the ride and Trudy will video the ride from various locations in route. I will join the Southern Group on Monday in Tallulah LA and ride with them to Meridian MS. This is my third time to ride this section of the Southern Route and each time I am impressed with the structure of the ride, honored to be part of this ride, and proud of the Mississippians and their show of patriotism for our service men, both here and abroad.
More to come.