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- November 4, 2007 at 4:05 PM #37128ElfQrinParticipant
My family will be going on another vacation to Chicago at Christmas time! =D
Anyway was wondering if any of you could offer me some tips or techniques for the future! 🙂
Anyong have like a "checklist" sort of thing of things to shoot on a vacation. Maybe I will upload my vacation video to YouTube for you to all see! =P
(JVC Everio Camcorder 30GB HDD)
Hi Daniel –
I think it’s great that you’re starting out so young in trying to hone your video skills.
I do a lot of family vacation videos and would suggest these things:
1) Shoot to edit – Video is cheap – especially HDD based – Take lots of footage so you can edit it down later – Always better to have too much rather than too little.
2) Use graphics and titles to help the end product along and give information about what’s happening.
3) Try voiceovers (where you have an audio track narrating) to help others understand what is going on (they weren’t there or they probably don’t recognize aunt Martha’s farm).
4) Find appropriate music – I only use royalty free music in my client’s work but for my own use (like vacation videos that will only be shown in my living room) I will use my own CD collection for ideas. GOod background music can really help a production along and bad music will really detract! If you want to show your video’s publicly, there are websites where you can get free non-commercial music to use in home productions (not for sale, requires credit, etc…).
Good luck – Just get out there and shoot!
When my family went to Disney world in ’05 I made a video of our trip and gave them all a DVD for Christmas. They loved it! We still watch it every time we get together. So here are a few tips to keep in mind while you are shooting.
– video of scenery, buildings, exhibits is interesting, but people want to see themselves. So, while you will still want to get shots of where you are make sure you don’t leave out the people you are with. That’s what makes a video interested-the people! I know that may seem obvious but you would be suprised at how many people come back from vacation with plenty of footage of where they were but little of who they were with. So try to get lots of both.
-I like to do little mini intereviews both before the trip and at the end of the trip. At the begining I ask things like, "what are you most excited about?" or at the end, "what did you enjoy the most?". Then when I edit I insert the answers to these questions to set up what we are about to see.
-Birdcat’s advice about voice over is good too. Remeber you can always split you auio and video track and move them around. Maybe at the end of the day someone was talking about everything you guys did. If you record that you can then lay it over the footage you previously shot.
-When editing I like to make groups or topics and then put my footage in each of those topics. For example: there are four parks at Disney World so I had a section for each park. You might want to split your up into days or all the restraunts you ate at, or a certain part of town. So regardless of what order it happened in real life you can organize however you want in your video.
-Another audeince favorite is to have a little spotlight section on everyone. A small section that just shows mom’s outakes, or uncle bob’s tantrums, whatever. If you do this though I would be carefull not to hurt someones feeling by leaving them out.
Ok, sorry I went on so long. Have fun!
When I shoot my family, I usually ask them "innocent", very natural questions like What’s for dinner today? or How do you like this T-shirt? and keep rolling at the same time. It helps to get sound bites from the family members looking and talking naturally without posing for the camera.
Ask your dad: How much did you pay for this pizza? or your mom: Where is my toothbrush? Try to keep it conversational, but don’t overload your vacation video with those "interviews".
These are all great ideas people! I’m glad I read this thread…keep ’em coming!
I went to a State park with my five year old and I wanted to do a sort of documentary – but I felt lost when I goth there. I didn;t really know what to ask – or how to get him talking without it feeling too serious if you know what I mean.
I definitely agree that we need to get more people footage while on vacation – including the cameraman!
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