Video Tips for Film Festival For First-Year Students(F4)
4 Common mistakes made when shooting film and how to fix it
Lack of Audio (most point and shoot cameras don't pick up sound well)
- Use close-ups for dialogue and try not to have wide shots with lots of dialogue unless you can use a microphone. Rooms have an echo and can cause sound to not be as loud as you wish.
- Bad Example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_THO0G4CxE
- Use a tripod, bean-bag or sit the camera down. We all wish we could be JJ Abrams, but images are clearer by sitting the camera down.
- Bad Example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bk3ayAqW-FI
No story or lack of clarity
Before picking up a camera, think of the story you want to portray and even write down specifics. Storyboarding is a great activity as well to expand your vision of the story. This competition is not a music video contest.
- Bad Example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCWDH27F9kY
Shooting a video takes time and patience. Set aside the proper time and it will show through your editing and your shot selection. Set aside time to work on your project.
- Bad Example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BIV9Gm-vnYs
Video Editing Options
To edit films, students have a variety of options available for free including:
1. Videos can be edited on any Apple computer in the back of the library using Final Cut Software or iMovie software.
2. Students can use Microsoft Movie Maker, which is a free download for PCs. The link is available here.
When editing your film, please consider that these videos will possibly be shown to the world through the UNCW website. Anyone could be watching them, therefore we want you to consider these three options when choosing music.
1. There are lots of Creative Commons websites that allow you to use their music so long as you cite their name and the title of the song. For example, Incompetech is a great site to use. Your friends may be great musicians who would allow you to use their music free of charge. There are lots of independent bands available in the area and this is your chance to find an original track for your video.
2. Garageband offers free loops and songs you can use without having to cite it. Garageband is available for free on the Apple computers in the Library.
3. If you must use a copyrighted song, please use a short segment. Please align the subject of the video with the music selected to maintain that the song can be distinguished as "fair use" under copyright law. If you have questions or concerns about the music, contact Zack Underwood at firstname.lastname@example.org. The best answer is to go with a Creative Commons or original song as opposed to the commercial songs if possible.