If you have an important video project coming up, planning is everything. Ben Pitt shares some strategies to prevent your shoot descending into chaos
The thing I love most about video production is how it draws together so many different skills and people. One minute I might be adjusting the white balance on my camera, the next I’m dancing on the edge of a roof wearing size 11 high heels. The medium of moving pictures is a melting pot of written words, acting, photography, costume design, makeup, architecture, interior design, carpentry, painting, computer-generated imagery, music and dance. Anything goes, and often it all has to come together at the same time while the camera is rolling.
Making videos with friends, family or colleagues on a low budget can be a wonderfully chaotic experience, but sometimes it’s worth applying some discipline. If you have a clear idea of what you want to see in your finished video, then you need a clear set of steps to get you there. A wise person learns from their mistakes, but an even wiser one learns from other people’s. This article brings together the things I wish I’d known when I started making videos.