The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically altered the way every industry conducts business, especially when it comes to video production. From studio production shutdowns to outright canceled or shelved productions, the video industry has dealt with many setbacks. But in this dire time, the industry has persevered and has discovered a number of solutions to fight through the pandemic. One of these solutions is moving video production from the studio to the home.
Remote production has become increasingly popular over the past several years. But with remote production comes a handful of obstacles to overcome. From gathering the proper equipment to using the right locations, shooting videos remotely can be challenging but highly rewarding. Here are some helpful tips to help you overcome the challenges of shooting.
Use The Equipment You Already Have
When it comes to the world of video production, you are going to need to get all the help you can get. This includes utilizing the equipment you already have. Using household items such as light bulbs and curtains to help set or light a scene is an excellent way of saving money for your production budget while also spreading your creative wings. More and more videographers are utilizing DSLRs or even their smartphones to shoot and produce their video projects. With each new iPhone upgrade, Apple has played a prominent role within a variety of Hollywood productions, such as Sean Baker’s Tangerine or Steven Soderbergh’s Unsane.
Choose Your Locations Carefully
While shooting remotely doesn’t necessarily give you the exact freedom that shooting in a studio would, there’s a distinct creative drive that is earned when shooting your video from home. But just because you’re shooting remotely doesn’t mean you’re limited to just one location. Depending on where you live, you may have a number of locations at your disposal to use. Shooting at public places such as parks or playgrounds can be a useful way of saving money while also adding a little production value to your video. It’s essential to keep your environment in mind when developing your video scripts. Which brings us to…
Develop Your Video Scripts Carefully
Each and every video starts with one simple component: the script. Without a script, you have nothing to shoot or go off on. When developing and writing a script, it’s important to keep the equipment and sets you have in mind. This helps eliminate any future challenges as it helps you prepare the production for what it will need and what it already has. Tailoring your script to specific sets and locations will end up saving a lot of time and money in the long run.