Event videography can be a lot of fun, but it can also be stressful at times! Sometimes it’s tricky to know when to do whatever it takes to get a shot, and when to just stay out of the way all together… But hey, sometimes it’s possible to do both!
Let’s cover some of the major dos and don’ts of event videography:
- DO get the shot
If someone asked you to be there to film the event, chances are they probably want some good shots… Get them! It’s incredibly disappointing to be expecting great coverage of the event so it can be relived again and again, only to get nothing but shaky shots from the back of the room.
- DON’T get in the way to get the shot
It can be challenging to get up close and personal to whatever is going on to get that great shot while still staying out of the way, but it is possible. Try crouching, standing off to the side, getting close ups before things actually start happening, etc, and remember that the audience can’t see through or around you!
- DO be assertive
To get the shots you need, especially at a busier event, you’re going to have to get through a crowded room, make space for the shot, find people in big groups, etc. Even though these obstacles make things more difficult, you need to make sure you’re getting what you need to produce a great final product.
- DON’T be rude
Being assertive and being rude are two very different things. While you’ll need to push through that crowded room or pull someone out of a group, you also need to make sure you handle it in a way that won’t make people uncomfortable. If Michigan Creative was always shoving our way through crowds and dragging people away from conversations by their ankles, I don’t think we’d be asked back to many events…
- DO have fun
Events can be fun, and they can be fun to film! If you show that you’re enjoying your work while you’re there, people will definitely take notice. Being positive and happy while shooting an event will make those awkward moments of stealing people away from their group a little less awkward, and people will enjoy working with you.
- DON’T have too much fun…
Shooting an event is not an excuse to drink tons of free booze, even if there is an open bar. Remember, you’re representing yourself as a professional, your work, your company, whatever the case may be; don’t make a fool of yourself!
If you have an event coming up, Michigan Creative would love to be your videographers! Check out some of our work at www.michigancreative.com/services/video-production!