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Shooting Tips

Tips for video shooting

It’s wonderful to be part of an energetic and committed team, especially when it involves your neighbors and friends. What better way to nurture a sense of belonging and pride in your community than telling others why it’s such a special place?  To help you tell the story more effectively we’ve asked our videographers at WVIA to share some of their secrets and strategies for successful videotaping.

Kris Hendrickson - Documentarian & Videographer with 10 years experience at WVIA

  1. Nothing looks better than a beautiful day.  Best to shoot on days with lots of clear skies and sunshine if you can.
  2. Pick subjects that show off your town’s uniqueness.  Remember, this is your chance to show off your town to the people in a television audience who have never been there.  Make them want to visit.
  3. Landscapes and landmarks are great, but remember that people make a community unique too.  Don’t forget to show us some of the faces of the people in your town.
  4. Remember, you won’t be telling the story of your town all by yourself.  Lots of your neighbors will be helping you.  Instead of giving the audience a general view of everything, pick a few places or events and give us as much detail as you can.  Shoot them from a variety of angles.  Shoot them at different times of the day, or even on different days.  Give your subject as many different looks as possible.

Keep a shooting log

On the day of the shoot, we ask the volunteers to keep a log of what they shoot.

This is used to help the producer ask questions of the volunteer when they return from shooting their video for the day.

We tell them that they don’t need to keep a second-by-second log, just a subject by subject one.

Documents

Production Documents

On the day of the shoot, we ask the volunteers to keep a log of what they shoot.

This is used to help the producer ask questions of the volunteer when they return from shooting their videos for the day.

We tell them that they don’t need to keep a second-by-second log, just a subject by subject one.

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For general questions about the Our Town Series, please contact Lisa Mazzarella

570-602-1164

lisamazzarella@wvia.org

If your business is interested in sponsoring an Our Town film, please contact Ron Prislupski

570-602-1137

ronprislupski@wvia.org