A little over a month ago I filmed a promotional video for The PINQ House boutique in Fayetteville, Georgia. It went well for a first-timer in the commercial world, but there are things I wanted to change. It was a learning experience.
Sound over visuals
I placed my camera on the tripod to shoot the interview with the owner Rosha Rackley, A.K.A. Flower. I had her sit on a couch next to a window that was my main source of light. I placed a small LED light on the opposite side to catch some light in her eyes. After watching the footage a hundred times, I wish I had followed the rule of thirds. The picture looked good, but my audio left something to be desired.
I don't have a microphone suitable for indoor recording. I had to make do with my short shotgun microphone, which would have been all right had the floor not been wood. I should have clapped to hear how distracting the echo would be in the audio. Now I'm looking at adding a wired lavalier microphone to my arsenal.
Forgetting to breathe
When my camera wasn't on the tripod, I walked around the house with it on my shoulder, gathering b-roll to supplement the interview. It's comfortable, and you're supposed to be able to relax more. Yet I had to keep reminding myself that it's okay to breathe, that gentle breathing movements look natural in films. I tensed up and got some shaky footage.
Despite wishing I had done some things differently, I'm glad I did it.