Before I joined the Videotelephony team I didn’t know much about the world of video productions or the people behind them. This was back in the naïve days when I thought closed captioning was an easy task and a 30-second commercial could be shot in 15 minutes. Turns out I had no idea what I was walking in to.
While this might look easy, it actually takes someone with the build of the Old Spice Guy to hold it up for a 3-hour shoot. Turns out it’s a complex combination of angles, balance, strength and patience. We really do sweat for our clients!
At the same time as learning that “movie magic” doesn’t just happen on its own, I realized that it’s the stuff between takes that’s the most memorable and entertaining. While shaking out the cramps from holding the boom pole, we try to laugh the nerves out of whoever is being shot. Take it from someone who really wants nothing to do with being on camera, this works for everyone!
Take 1: Practice your lines and look nervously at the camera
Take 2: Accidentally say “sadistic” instead of “statistic” and die of laughter
Take 3- however many it takes: Just like that you’re suddenly less nervous and realize that you’re reading less and your lines are coming across more naturally
And voila! Suddenly all that silliness seems almost necessary to make a truly sincere video that doesn’t come across as a talking head behind some company or other that’s just doing a video because they feel like they have to. We’re not saying it’s going to cure your stage fright forever, but no one’s ever left our studio without a smile on their faces. (Not to brag, but we’re kind of hilarious)
There’s tons to learn and so much that goes on behind the scenes, both on shoot and off. So I may still be calling the boom pole a “boom stick,” but why be serious all the time, really. Everyday is a new adventure, and this is mine. Check back for more in the coming weeks.
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