Live Event Filming Guidelines
There is no storyboard, there are no second takes, there may be a schedule but its not necessarily set in stone. Live event filming is about realizing how to work with the unpredictable, which can be stressful if not ready.
Our best live filming experiences have been from filming conferences and music concerts operating with at least two manned cameras. We have made blunders and missed opportunities, but from our errors we have triumphed. In this post I want to share some guidelines that we have learnt along the way that helps us in preparing and successfully execute a live shoot.
These ideas might appear obvious, but they are important if you wish to have a hassle totally free shoot so you can concentrate on your creativity and perfection of every shot.
Exactly where to Be:
Following a fast scout of the location prior to the event itself, remember that the closer you are, the much more audio and visual details you will be able to capture on camera. Ideally, it is very good to have each wide shots at a distance from the event, as nicely as shots from within it. A close shot, has far more emotional strength, as the audience will be confronted far more powerfully with the expressions of the participants.
Nonetheless a wide shot provides a lot more of a contextual sense of the event i.e. how numerous men and women are attending, exactly where it’s taking place, and so on. For this cause the wide shot is also named the establishing shot as it gives the viewer an overall sense of the venue that the event is taking location. Your greatest alternative is to have two cameras with, 1 at the back of the space on a lock off, while you capture handheld footage down at the front.
What to Shoot:
When you believe of live event filming you have to think of how to collect images and sound that will assist provide the most comprehensive data for the viewer. Here’s a achievable list of shots to get at an event. Please adapt it to fit your particular needs.
Crucial Players: Shots of the speakers, musicians or hosts for the event, try to get plenty of close ups from as stable position as possible.
B-roll: Never underestimate the energy of images to support your storytelling process. Film a excellent range of distinct images and activities within the live event and capture as much b-roll as you can. These are the loose series of shots that will aid smooth the editing method by permitting breaks in action or speeches to be ‘covered’ by other relevant shots that do not really feel out-of-place.
Vox-pops: This is the strategy employed frequently in live event filming where a reporter and cameraperson ask an ordinary person on the street to spontaneously state their views on a subject. You can ask them speedy concerns about the event, and why they are there, as nicely as anything far more private relating to the advocacy of the event.
Lighting + White Balance:
Check what lighting the venue has, if it is not sufficient then you want to ask permission if you can bring your own lighting kit. Check how it looks through the camera lens don’t use your eyes to judge as a camera is unable to adapt as properly as our eyes can. As properly as lighting you want to make certain the camera is selecting up the correct colour. To save additional work in post production, use a sheet of white card/paper and hold it in front of your camera lens to control the white balance, do this for each camera (if employing numerous) to make certain every single camera is picking up the same colour temperature.
Discover the Schedule:
Speak with whoever is in charge of the event to uncover out as considerably info as possible about the set times / schedule. Even if they only have a rough notion, some things are set in stone. For example at a wedding, the bride & groom are expected to be at the church and the reception/right after party for certain times. By understanding these times, you can strategy how lengthy certain parts of the day will take and how ideal to utilise your tapes or card space.
By speaking to the client, you can discuss what you expect from each other. The client might want you to capture particular aspects of the event and you will need to have to tell the client what you call for and how you program to operate. From this discussion you can each formulate and alter a schedule to fit in with each parties specifications.
Make a Checklist:
Last factor you want is to turn up at a venue and realise you have forgotten a essential piece of kit, (like the base plate for a tripod!. it takes place!). So make certain that you have every little thing ready: Cameras/lights/tripods/sound kit in working order, adequate blank tapes/cards + spares, charged batteries + spares.
Much more crucial than anything, BE OBSERVANT, appear around, watch people and try to anticipate what they could do next. Becoming on the ball and watching your surroundings will aid you in the achievement of your shoot and may nail you that magnificent shot that no one else saw! I hope these tips on live event filming prove helpful and aid relieve some of the pressure of the day so you have far more room to focus on the creativity.