Last week I talked about doing an experiment with video. I was asked to videotape two people rolling down a hill for a school play. The only caveat was that it had to be filmed inside on the high school hallway. So I took a green screen and taped various angles and heights, hoping I could edit something that they could use for the production.
As it turned out, they are going to use the video even though it’s pretty easy to tell it’s homemade. But, what I learned was far more valuable than the time I put into it. I learned:
- to keep the green screen completely behind the actors at all times
- take multiple angles even if you’re not sure how they will be used
- to coach the actors on facial expressions and body language
- how to use the “ultra key” video effect in my video editing software (Premiere Pro)
- the importance of shooting additional moving footage to match the movement of the actors
So, all the stuff above came from trying something I’ve never done before and something I probably wouldn’t have thought to do on my own. Be open to new opportunities in your creative world. They help you discover things you might not have otherwise.
As promised, here’s the link to the final video:
Another shot from our time in Dade City, FL at their historical museum.