Turn Your Expertise Into Dollars Become The Producer
Producing home videos of your holidays can be really fun and enjoyable for your family and friends, and also gives you lots of experience. The best home movies concentrate on the most wonderful moments and should skip all the uninteresting details that may bore viewers. It’s a home movie that makes for entertainment only.
You rough out the scenes you want to capture and their length, you consider the moments you want to capture. For example, if a trip is just part of the holiday and you just want to record it as a segment of the movie, you map it out in advance and record the best places that you visit. You make a detailed log of everything recorded so that you will be able to edit later when you begin to put together all the captured videos. Keep a log with the camcorder so that you can cut out scenes you don’t need as you go along.
You look for action to make the film more interesting because people in action in the film are much more interesting than static shots of people just standing still. Remember scenery is fine in small doses. As long as it can add context to the film, you shoot in segments that can be “knitted” together during the editing process. If recorded voices are garbled or too low for this kind of film you speed it up to give the film an extra action scene in just a few seconds. Use voice-over to comment on the action. If this is not sounding familiar then you can start putting all this into practice today for maybe making a few dollars later.
So now your building a living portfolio that you can present to any small to medium business owner as examples of your work. Forget that they are home movies and concentrate on the details discussed as you present yourself as
an experienced cameraman. There are many companies out there that often think of making a video for a marketing campaign. Perhaps testimonials from their customers to put on their website as well but never actually talk that can make it happen. Create a YouTube Channel that has examples of your work and throw in a few videos from others that detail “tricks of the trade”. Anything from making a portable “Dolly Track” to assembling light rigs for shooting in low light. Remembering to figure that into the cost of your quotes of course.
Keep your finished products short. Three minutes usually takes three hours to put together. So make several three minute films to keep your audience in their seats. The transition between Home Movie Buff to Part Time Producer may just be the pathway to getting that camera you’ve always wanted. Perhaps you have some friends in business that will allow you to practice your skills and provide you with the testimonials you need for producing your own website. There are many software programs out there for editing your movies and one I have used in Windows 7 is from AVS4YOU. A small subscription fee will give you access to many of their programs after a trial period and you can produce short segments for YouTube, Vimeo or for websites. The Video Editor allows you to export the video in a host of formats for most any situation.
AV Video Morpher is a movie editing program of AVnex that works under both Windows XP and Vista. I have not used this program but it can be downloaded as a trial also. As for AVS4YOU it can help you produce your own movies, dubbing your own voices into movies, adding effects, and burning it all to a DVD.
Your best home movies might just have more value than you think when uploaded onto internet sites like YouTube. If you just let your films settle into your private archive, your time and effort may be wasted. Your could be out visiting interesting places, just as you were when you recorded them.
Have fun and share it with your friends.