well, fancy meeting you here... do you come here often?
" Yep", I thought...
"I make video for a living, and now bloody FB are doing Live streaming and whoops, I'm out of a gig."
It might still be true... but I doubt it.
"And it's Crap!" I thought...
Who wants to see a bunch of idiots with the camera bobbing around motion-sickeningly in front of their massive shiny foreheads with their washing machines in the background?? ...and sure, some of the videos I've seen are like this, but some aren't.
Let me give you some examples of when my mind started being changed miniscule bit by bit!
People still make silly mistakes with terrible quality sound and don't think about the background or check the angle (hellllooooo tiny person in the massive frame there... ever heard of headroom?), and some people will not SHUT UP about how amaaaaazing their NEW THING is, but we can weed them out, can't we? They'll soon learn.
Perhaps I should tell them? Check out my FB Live Stream soon! (joke, will never happen)
The beauty of being my own micro-production studio is that in the school holidays, when to be honest, most work stops, I can still do video production projects with these cool foxes!
Our Little Foxes are a bunch of mama bears who are invested in the creative intelligence of our kids... and they luuuurve video.
In the school holidays, what better thing is there to do than drag the 6 year old along to the video shoot, and film her chatting away? She was reluctant at first to be featured on camera, but after seeing the 3 year olds ace the spotlight she was unstoppable.
Difficult as a shoot is with 12 kids on set, between the mums, the dads and a massive supply of popcorn we managed to fit in some difficult questions such as "What is an entreprenur?" and "How do you SPELL entrepreneur?"
In between (innumerable) toilet breaks we got some stony silences and a little bit too much detail about Ant-Man that unfortunately, for the sake of brevity, had to hit the cutting room floor.
I could fill a commercial TV half hour slot with the uncomprehending silences, but thankfully you guys don't have to sit through them, you can just watch the "best bits" edit that has so far been seen by over thirteen thousand folks on the book of face.
Tanith is TIN CAT PRODUCTIONS
You don't need much on video shoot day... You do need however:
*An idea... and ideally this idea should have been had BEFORE the shoot day.
*A sense of humour... because sourpusses are a downer. Even the hardest day on a video shoot is a doddle compared to child labour down the mines, chin up people!
*Ingenuity... you'll need the strangest things, you'll need them NOW, so you'll get them.
*People skills... there's always one. Sometimes there are two. But at a number greater than zero, you will learn to deal with them: calmly, professionally, and with a wry smile that they can't really get angry with, but that your contemporaries will interpret as "This is the one. I'm dealing. Bring coffee."
*Calm... always a good one, on set this is a necessity. Sometimes "Quiet on set!" are the greatest words to hear, because it means one cannot deal with anything else, one must just wait. Enforced meditation.
*Water... don't forget to hydrate. Coffee does not count. Don't overdo the hydration though because...
*Access to bathrooms... this has been one of the biggies for me, when people need to go, give them somewhere preferably without cockroaches and stench. If roaches and stink is all you've got, it'll have to do.
*A finish line... How long is a piece of string? Working on an interminable shoot with no obvious end in sight is a killer. Make sure everyone knows your expected finish time, and keep them updated if things change. "Cut!" is a great sound on any shoot, but "That's a wrap!" is the winner.
Tanith is TIN CAT PRODUCTIONS
Tanith is TIN CAT PRODUCTIONS for all your video requirements...