Photo • Video • Design

Writing a Script / On Camera

WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU’RE ON CAMERA:

So you’re going to be speaking in a video production. How exciting! Regardless of whether it’s your first time or you’re a seasoned pro, or whether you’re excited or nervous, here are a few things to keep in mind:

1. Expect Multiple Takes

While once in a blue moon you’ll nail your monologue on the first take, you’ll almost always have to say everything two or three times. This is great because it gives you the opportunity to hear yourself back and choose the strongest words / phrases to get your point across. It might feel repetitive on set but that is totally ok. We want to make sure we’re 100% satisfied before we move on.

2. Convey Your Emotion

It’s important to consider the tone of voice and rate at which you are speaking during a particular take. Is what you’re saying supposed to be serious? Maybe a smile and quick pace doesn’t make sense. Are you supposed to be cheerful and upbeat? A smile and welcome voice go a long way!

If you’re unsure how you’re supposed to present a certain piece of dialogue, ask the director (Aidan!) and he’ll give you a pointer.

3. Relax! It’s Easier Than You Think!

Particularly if being on camera stresses you out, this is a great time to take a deep breath and know that you are far from the first, or last, person to feel this way. It’s entirely normal to feel overwhelmed but you’ll find your comfort on camera sooner than you might expect. Know that every shoot is scheduled with tons of buffer time and it often takes a long time when shooting to create what will be, by comparison, a much shorter video. Have confidence and know that we all want to see you succeed on camera.

THOUGHTS WHEN WRITING & DELIVERING A SCRIPT:

You’re in charge of writing what you’re going to say on camera. COOL! It might seem overwhelming but it is much easier than it might seem. Here are a few quick notes to help you out:

1. You Will Have Time to Look At Your Notes

The beauty of editing is that we can put together many different takes and pieces of speaking. You DO NOT have to have your entire script memorized and be able to deliver an entire novella without looking at what you practiced. We’ll have a hard copy or two of the Production Details on set, and you’ll be able to scribble down notes or changes as they come up. Bring a copy of your script to the set if you haven’t emailed it to Aidan already.

2. Shorter is Usually Better

In 90% of cases, shorter is better. Don’t feel like you need to fill the void of a 3 minute video with 30 minutes of talking (you laugh, but it happens). You would be surprised at how quickly your speaking adds up! When you’re developing your script and have the option to give a long answer or a short answer, almost always choose the shorter one. Audiences watching the final product have a short attention span when scrolling through their feed or browsing the internet. We should be concise in order to capture their attention the whole way through.

3. Rehearse! Even If You’re Speaking From the Heart (or Head)

Yes, even if our script is rather loose and open to what happens on set, it’s still mandatory to rehearse what you’re going to say before we get to production. Figuring out exactly what you want to say is best done before cameras are rolling and you’re put on the spot. The best way to reduce your stress on the day of shooting is to have practiced in the days before.

These are just a few tips to keep in mind on the day. Hopefully they’ve helped put you at ease and prepare you for what to expect when you arrive on set. We are going to have a great time working together and I am excited to start shooting!