June 25, 2016 at 3:21 pm #25814
Good job, @Lisa.Russell!
You’ve got one script down and many lessons learned! I’m going to share these here since you’re so wiped out — and I’ll get the bajillion for posting! 😉
(And, yes, you’ll get some for replying … I know, I know…)
[Lisa’s] Notes to self:
Scripts in character must be at least mostly memorised (for me anyway), otherwise you have to work at snail speed.
Check equipment several days in advance, not the night before.
Make really good notes on each take.
Look steadily for about 5 seconds before starting to speak, same at end of script.
Keep it up, super buddy!June 26, 2016 at 3:20 pm #25925
Smart notes, Lisa. Especially the one about waiting for 5 seconds before/after. That will make everything that follows easier.June 26, 2016 at 7:58 pm #25963
YAY Lisa. I can’t wait to get the full non-Dr. Wayne filtration deviced download of how your shooting went, felt, sounded, looked and was experienced through your 70 trillion cells.
And Dr. Wayne, since when did you take on the job as Super Secretary for the Career Avengers? You’re doing a heck of a good job!June 26, 2016 at 8:11 pm #25965
Bradley, since she was wiped out and I got paid 10 bajillion!
😉June 26, 2016 at 8:48 pm #25973
Sneaky Sneaky!! Good to know what you’re willing to do for 10 bajillion. You know, @andyfreist and I are looking for a secretary, assistant, tech-technician and we pay 20 bajillion per hour!!! That’s 300 Bajillion per day if you work the same hours we do!!June 27, 2016 at 2:25 pm #26175
@bradleytmorris, to quote a famous mountaineer, “That almost sounded like a good deal!”June 27, 2016 at 5:59 pm #26211
hahaha If you ever change your mind, let us know. 😉
Eventually we will pay people in USD but for now, Bajillion has to do.
Once we stock the shelves of the Mountain Shop, that deal may seem a little more exciting!June 28, 2016 at 8:57 am #26310
And the economy on the mountain may be more stable than the one “out there.”
“You too can participate in the exciting world of forex: buy now for just bajillions on the dollar!”July 1, 2016 at 10:14 pm #26849
Andy FreistMountain Guide@andyfreist
Now THAT is a business opportunity! heheJuly 5, 2016 at 11:32 am #27085
How did I miss this thread?!
Wow I must have been even more wiped out than I thought.
Dr Wayne – you’re the super-est buddy ever. You’re welcome to the 10 bajillion!
I’m going try it all again on the 16th, still presenting the first bit as me and then trying out an actor doing my Librarian character, just for comparison and to see how it affects the results.
What else did I learn?
Don’t get too close to the green screen or the shadow you create is really hard to key out later. Get about 3 feet between you and the screen. If you need to walk on camera, consider coming in from a 45 degree angle rather than a 90 degree one to help with this.
If you have to sync audio and video later be sure to record three loud claps at the top of the take so that you have something to sync up with. Maybe I’ll even buy a clapperboard – that’d be so cool.
I think I’ll keep recording between takes and try to get each script done in a single file next time. This will mean I have to sync audio and video less and can just hack a single file apart later rather than trying to figure out what the hell goes where at editing stage…
I used full daylight softbox lighting (5500K colour temp) which was great in terms of getting rid of shadows but it’s quite harsh on the presenter. Next time I will still use the 5500Ks to light the green screen, but am thinking of getting some warmer tungsten lighting to place in front of the camera to light the presenter(s). You can of course, always apply filters at editing stage to the presenter layer.
The first shoot is always going to be a mega learning curve, so don’t expect too much from it. Have fun playing with the equipment and the resulting footage! If we can all share tips like this we’ll create an amazing manual that’ll make it so much easier to get started and help each other to avoid silly little problems, like my #audiofail (see the F$£% up Friday campfire for more details).
I’m sure there are more things I could add but that’s all I can think of right now.
🙂July 5, 2016 at 3:22 pm #27115
One thing I found useful so that you do not have shadows on your screen is to have a light positioned behind the screen as well as the one or two infront of. Worked well for me. I love the rest of your tips. Thanks
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