- Have clear idea about your story. Write a script, but be prepared to improvise.
- Know your phone’s camera. Select HQ settings (full HD if possible), clear your memory, etc.
- Get help! Enlist friends and family, and give them specific tasks (sound, lighting, set decorating, make-up, etc.)
- Get some extra gear. A cheap clip-on mic will improve sound hugely. Borrow or McGyver a tripod to get steady video results.
- Have plan for how you’re going your movie “in the can” (shot list, schedule, lunch!). Give yourself the time you think to get it done, then double it!
- Hold the phone sideways (horizontal, not vertical).
- Put your phone on Airplane Mode to avoid spoiling great takes.
- Don’t use the zoom; it may give you shaky footage.
- Get good audio! If possible, record with clip-on mic, on a different phone.
- Use light to your advantage. Avoid shooting into the sun; put it behind the camera. If you’re shooting indoors, use lights to make your actors look good.
- Try hard to make your video 2 minutes. But up to 3 minutes will be accepted.
- You need to shoot the video on your phone, but you can edit anywhere/how you like. Use a video editing program on your computer or get someone to edit it for you!
- Add music, titles, graphics. etc. Punch it up!
- Show it to friends & family for honest opinions. It’s your project, but others have to ‘get it’.
- Test screen your video on a bigger screen than your phone. Make sure it looks and sounds good before outputting and uploading your T1DVF submission to YouTube.