Join Ashley Kennedy for an in-depth discussion in this video Behind the scenes 1: Shooting location A, part of Making Video 2: Teach Something.
- Now that we've planned out the production, it's time to shoot this video. If we look at the production schedule, you can see that we're starting at location A, the counter. At this location, we've got the iPhone 7 Plus situated on a standard tripod, about 12 feet away from Pamela at the counter at eye level. The iPhone 7 is situated on the small tabletop tripod just out of the main shot, so it can capture the food prep area. We've performed some basic lighting and production design adjustments in the kitchen space, so that it looks exactly as she likes it.
She wanted a nice, bright, clean look with splashes of color. So, to light the scene, we mostly relied on the natural daylight coming in from the kitchen window to the right of Pamela. We had to experiment quite a bit with how far down to pull the shades and how much to draw the blinds. We also used daylight bulbs in the overhead kitchen light. You can see that this creates a nice key light on the right side of her face and a soft fill light on the left side of her face.
To create the splashes of color, we staged the area with some cut flowers on the counter behind her, tomatoes on the window sill, some creatively placed vegetables in the platter on the counter, as well as some fresh herbs. All of this production design took some time, and also some trial and error, to get the space looking just as she wanted it. But because this is the pilot video in an ongoing cooking series, we really wanted to be sure to get the look just right. After staging the area, we attached the lavalier to Pamela's apron and performed a soundcheck to make sure that her audio was peaking properly and not too soft or too loud.
Once the shot was set up, I set the focus, exposure, and color balance, and made sure that everything looked good to Pamela. I then asked her if she wanted to rehearse a bit before recording and she declined. She had already practiced quite a bit, leading up to the shoot, so she was confident that she was ready. But I will say that when you shoot your video, you should really gauge your own readiness at this moment. Sometimes, it can really help to run through the first part of the video before you officially feel like you're on.
Often, you may even want to record your rehearsal. That way, the pressure is off. But if it's perfect on the first try, you've got it. Finally, I will just remind you that Pamela has chosen not to use a teleprompter. But she has asked that I hold on to the script and prompt her if needed. With that, I started recording on both cameras, and Pamela took it away. And I will say she did extremely well. At location A, the counter, she covered the steps very clearly and concisely, and she really was able to pepper in just the right amount of warm commentary and advice, often going off script during those moments, which was exactly how she wanted to define her brand.
We won't be able to show everything right now, since it is quite a few minutes of material, but I do want to show you a couple of the moments within this part of the shoot, so that you can see the raw footage before we started editing. - Hi, I'm Pamela Ellgen with Surf Girl Eats. Today, we're going to be making a farmer's market breakfast hash. You can make this recipe with really whatever vegetables you have on hand. So today, I'm going to be using sweet potatoes, bell peppers, onions, and some broccoli as well, but really whatever you have on hand is just fine.
So, I'm going to get started by cutting my potatoes. We're going to do about a one-inch dice. Now, we'll move on to the bell peppers. So, I'm using a red and then also this green one that we pulled from the kids' school garden. It's really fun to be working in the garden over the summer because you get all kinds of fresh things that you have to use up. So, I'm going to be doing long spears with the peppers. Again, we're saving the flesh, the membranes, here and the top to use for stock.
- I think you'll agree that Pamela is a natural, and she provided a lot of really great stuff from this first part of the shoot. We ended the shoot with her placing the tray of vegetables in the oven to roast. Now, let's move on to the next part to location B at the stove.
- Video workflow and techniques
- Teaching on camera
- Writing the script
- Shooting on location
- Editing video in HitFilm Express
- Adding music and graphics