Filming yourself is a good option if you prefer to work alone or if your story is particularly personal and you would prefer to edit it before showing it to someone else. You need to feel comfortable, so if you prefer to perform to the camera rather than in front of a crew, this option might be best for you.
Another consideration is that you may attend a leisure interest that others are unable to attend, so your only option is to film yourself. To stay safe, however, always take someone with you when filming.
Filming in pairs
Making a film together means you can assign the roles of film maker and presenter, then swap roles. The benefit of this is that you can concentrate on the message you want to say and the film maker can work on the technical aspects of ensuring the audio is clear and that you are framed well.
You need to be able to trust that everyone will work sensitively to one another’s stories and that they can be relied upon to turn up to each shoot. Make sure everyone is comfortable with each other’s company and trusts that what they say will be edited authentically.
Remember your message as a team so everyone is working to the same goal. Keep referring back to that throughout your project so you don’t lose impact.
By working as a team and allocating roles, you will enable yourself to focus on the task at hand. This will give you time to think and react, rather than rushing to try to do too many things to get the job done.
Choose a safe location
This sounds obvious but are you shooting in a safe location where, your team, interviewees, equipment and yourself will survive the filming process? For example don’t take risks getting that perfect shot of the sea from the top of a high cliff edge. Think about the dangers and what might go wrong.
Getting permission to film
On most indoor or outdoor locations permission is generally needed to be able to film there. Find out who is in charge of the space or location and get advance, written permission. Anyone who is in your film needs to give consent by completing a form to say they are happy for their footage to be used, and on which platforms you can publish it. Our form will help you to ensure you have permission.
Be aware of your surroundings
Are there dangers that can be avoided? Think about trip hazards, the possibility of someone stealing your equipment.
Next step is to film your story.