On our Facebook page this week, we uploaded our bloopers reel. We might be experts when it comes to property but we are certainly not experts when it comes to being behind the camera.
As videos are becoming more and more important on social media, we thought we’d share some tips on how to improve your performance behind the camera lens, we might not be perfect as you may have seen but we do get there in the end. These tips can help you whether it’s for a vlog, an audition or that dream movie role!
- Relax – It may seem easier said than done but staying relaxed can benefit your performance in more ways than one. Staying relaxed enables you to control the pace at which you talk and allows you to get your point across in a much clearer manner.
- Outfit choice – Another simple tip but it’s definitely effective. Make sure you wear something you’re going to be comfortable in. If you know you’re going to be filmed go with a proven choice rather than trying out that new aluminous coloured jacket…
- Speak to the camera – Make sure you’re giving your attention to the camera as if it were a person. Things might be going on in the background but make sure your attention is directly on the camera. Doing this will make your point more engaging for the audience.
- Know what you’re going to say – Make sure you know what you’re going to be saying and practice it beforehand. There’s a tendency that people try to wing it when filming and this can often result in poor delivery of lines and long pauses which isn’t what you want to see.
- It doesn’t need to perfect – Often when filming you’ll want to get the perfect take. You don’t have to do this, we’re not robots so a few little mistakes here and there won’t matter and show that you are human.
- Research – Look up some good and bad examples and make your own notes. Everyone is different so you’ll have to work on individual things however identifying good and bad traits from other videos will help you know what to aim for and what to avoid.
- Drink plenty of water – Make sure you stay hydrated because a dry throat can send that quality of a video spiralling down.
Now you’ve read some of our tips, it’s time to watch a bad example. Here’s our bloopers video!