When you are creating an event video production, it can be chaos. There are crowds, people may be drinking, the “main act” that you are trying to capture on video can do the unexpected. If it can go wrong, it will go wrong. And you only get one “shot”. No “cut”. No “redo”. That’s it. You have to get it right. But, don’t worry. You’ve got this. Just be prepared. Follow these 3 tips and you’ll do fine.
Whether it's a concert, graduation or a wedding, you need to know where the cameras and sound equipment are going to be. Can you get a good angle? Is there a pole there? What happens when people stand up? Do you have cameras that can follow the action wherever it goes? How many cameras do you need? Scoping the venue beforehand is ideal. At the very least, you need a map to strategically plan equipment locations. And discuss the plan thoroughly with client and all crew involved to make sure everyone understands where they are supposed to be.
Talk to your client about what they want to capture on film. Is it a dance, screaming crowds, people crying, the performer, pyrotechnics, interviews with loved ones? The pretty table setting? Don't assume you or your crew will know what to capture. The last thing you want to happen after the event is have a client fuming because you didn't think to film A, B, or C. Have a plan to get the video you need for a great event production.
Maybe you're a one man or woman crew. That's no excuse. Devices fail. Things break. People trip over your equipment bag and crash into the tripod, sending it and the camera over the balcony. (That wouldn't happen to you). But if a piece of equipment fails during an event and you don't have a back up, you're toast. You need extra batteries(charged), cables, cameras, adaptors, microphones. Anything that is critical to capturing those shots should be "in duplicate." This stuff isn't cheap, but your reputation may be on the line.
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