February 26, 2019

You’re ready to film; your script is sharp, your phone is charged, you’re looking good … WAIT! Where exactly are you filming? Where will you place your tripod? Does the space have good lighting? Does it highlight you, your colleagues or your office vibe? Do you feel relaxed there and can we hear you clearly?

As you’re learning how to film, edit and share your videos with the VideoMyJob app, it’s important to explore where in your office are the great spaces to make videos. The next video you make, try a different backdrop that is not only visually appealing but that also divulges information that will strengthen your video message.

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Here’s my three step location scout guide to help you feel confident about choosing the right location to film.

Three Step Location Scout Guide

Brainstorm

  • Jot down any meeting rooms, floors, communal areas and open work spaces (factory floor, reception area, office cafe) that would be good to video in.

  • Keep in mind the lighting sources available and the sound levels in these environments.

  • Think about places that offer your audience more context and insights that are relevant to your video message.

  • From your list, select your top five places, where you feel comfortable filming and schedule 30 mins in your calendar to do a test shoot.

Scout

  • Grab your tripod and your charged smartphone and spend your scheduled 30 minutes scouting your potential video locations.

  • In each location, set your phone and tripod up and shoot short test videos.

  • Complete test videos sitting down and standing up to work out your preferred stance in each environment.

  • Use desks, benches and window ledges to explore different levels and angles for videoing, remembering that your tripod can be extended and shortened. You could get three entirely different looks from one environment alone, simply by changing your tripod placement and height.

  • In some locations, sitting will work better than standing and vice versa. Keep a mental note of this, especially when doing two person videos when you might require sitting options due to height differences.

Ensure you try each location with actual test takes. Theory doesn’t always translate to practice!  If you have a short time-frame allocated to filming, you want to be certain which space will work best for you. Location scouting saves you needing to figure out a ‘Plan B’ on the run.

Review

  • Play your test videos back and check that you can be seen and heard clearly. Eliminate the areas where these things are impacting your video quality.

  • Be mindful that at different times of the day, the lighting and sound levels in certain areas may change.

  • It’s a good idea to ask for feedback from colleagues. You might also get some new location ideas from reviewing your colleague’s videos.

  • After reviewing your five tested filming locations, select your favourites and use these on rotation for your work videos, changing it up with alternative locations, levels and angles.

Now you know where the good spots are, it’s one less thing to work out when you are doing your video preparation. Through practice, you’ll learn to master your technical set up and use each environment to your advantage.

Remember ‘Show, don’t tell’ whenever you can, moving images are powerful and help you to keep your script succinct.  One office pan can replace an entire paragraph, so you can focus on the messages that can’t be communicated visually.

What now? Go yonder and scout, happy videoing!


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