Top Tips for Filming

Help with self-filming

Thank you for agreeing to be part of this film. To help you get the most from this experience and to produce great looking videos, we’ve put together this handy guide to help you. It includes tips for shooting your film how to share it with us over the internet. Enjoy your film-making and we look forward to seeing the results.

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Technical Tips

Make sure you film in Landscape (wide) mode NOT portrait (tall). We will be unable to use any filming which is shot vertically.

Find a quiet place, with good light but don’t film with the light behind you as your face will be in shadow.

So it’s best to sit next to a window and if it’s bright enough then turn off the lights.

Try and find a plain background behind you. 

Put the camera/phone on the tripod or table or stack of books and make sure it is level. 

BiM film-maker Andrew Hassenruck has put together a handy 3 minute tutorial video with even more ideas that’s well worth a watch: Click here

Sit close to the camera for good sound and frame a head and shoulders shot. If possible, have someone else sitting with you, as close to the camera lens as possible, and talk to them.

What to Say

Think about what you want to say but don’t write it down – We want you to talk from an authentic, spontaneous, and passionate place. 

Be yourself. What you have to say matters. Be kind to yourself.

Remember! If something goes wrong, don’t worry – just do it again.

Most importantly, once everything is set up and the camera is rolling, close your eyes, take a few deep breaths, and relax.  

Introduce yourself to the viewer and say your name at the beginning.

Be yourself and don’t forget you can always do it again.

Sending your films to us

Please avoid sending via WhatsApp for quality reasons. 

Sometimes you can email them individually as an attachment but if they are too big then there are a couple of alternative ways that you can submit your films:

WeTransfer:

This does not require registration and can be done via computer or mobile. WeTransfer allows you to transfer files of up to 2Gb for free.

Simply follow this Link and select the files you wish to upload.

Enter film@boysimind.co.uk in the “email to” section, add your own email address and a message that includes a brief description of the film(s) that you are uploading.

You will be sent a verification code by email that you’ll need to enter to complete the transfer.

We will be notified that you have shared the file(s) with us.

Google Drive: 

If you have a Gmail account, you can use Google Drive. Select your film(s) and upload them to your Google Drive.

On your computer, right click on the file(s) folder that you want to share with us and select “Share”, enter  our email address:- film@boysinmind.co.uk in the “Add people and groups” section, make sure the “Notify people” checkbox has a tick in it.

Add a brief description of your film in the message box. Google will ask if you are happy to share with a non-Google account when you click send, select “Send anyway”. We will be notified that you have shared the file(s) with us. 

Google Drive mobile. Click on the three dots next to the file name and select “Share”, enter  our email address: film@boysinmind.co.uk  in the “Add people or groups” section and write a brief description of your file in the “message” section. Google will check that you are happy to share with a non-Google account when you click send, select “Send anyway”. We will be notified that you have shared the file(s) with us.

Most importantly, we also need the consent form signed by a parent/ carer before we can use any film.

What happens next...

We will edit the film and when complete the participants will get the opportunity to view the film before its general release. On its release the film will be shown in schools as well as being featured on the Boys in Mind digital platforms.

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