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You don’t need to be a skilled editor, or a news camerawoman to make simple movies and I hope these tips will encourage you to try.
Fun Smartphone Movie Tips
How you hold your smartphone for filming will depend on what you want to do. Sharing a Christmas family movie will be a relaxed project while a blog or rescue holiday celebration might need a little bit of planning and a few props.
There are two ways to hold your smartphone.
Landscape – Hold your smartphone on its side. With most phones, this will mean the button is on the right. It will align with the horizon. Your video will be wide.
Portrait – When you hold your smartphone to make a call you hold it in portrait mode. It is so comfortable to make calls that we think all video shooting works this way too.
Where is your movie going to be seen? Work it out and choose your orientation. Instagram TV uses portrait, but most movies created for family and friends are made using landscape. This can be shared via email, or on Facebook.
This is the most important way to build any skill, even making a fun smartphone movie. Do it, use it, try it.
Your knowledge of your smartphone and its applications is a valuable talent. It gives you a head start on everyone who doesn’t try. Your cute cat video will be uploaded faster, and look better. So, h
- Learn to operate your device confidently
- Find your video shooting app, learn it. I recommend iMovie, and Adobe Rush iOS & Android or Videoshop iOS)
- Practice basic editing Trim a clip add a transition. All you need to start.
- Become a confident uploader of finished movies to YouTube.
Keep The Story Simple
For new movie makers, keep it short and simple. Films have a beginning, a middle and an end. Tell your story. It may be a kitten playing with a Christmas bauble or a cat exploring a new scratch post.
Wobbly Video Alert
When you start filming you might need some physical support to keep your shots steady. You don’t need fancy equipment although a simple tripod can help. Here’s some free tips.
- Brace yourself against a doorway or a window ledge.
- Prop your elbows on a table for a close shot.
- Support your smartphone on, or against, a stack of books to keep it upright.
- If you have access to a GoPro or small video camera, consider a tripod, or monopod.
Ask any expert and they will confirm. Friends and family will put up with slightly wonky video if they can hear you OK.
- Make sure your sound is on.
- Avoid windy locations.
- Try to keep background chatter to a minimum if you can.
- Is your audio a disaster? Reduce the sound when you edit. Replace it with music.
These skills will become automatic as you use your smartphone more and more. You will improve every time you pick up your smartphone and shoot more video clips. So what are you going to film today? Let me know in the comments!