Answering the Community: How to Keep Comfortable on Camera

Answering the Community: How to Keep Comfortable on Camera


A few weeks ago, we asked you
all if you had any questions. We asked you all if you had any
questions about producing videos, marketing your videos or
anything else video related. So this is the start of a new
short series where we’re going to answer all of these questions.
This week we’ll be answering the question asked by Owen Conti
from Code 56. Do you have any suggestions, tips
or hints on how to get people being comfortable “on camera”? Great question. Not everyone is a trained actor
and lots of us will crumble when we’re suddenly staring down the
lens. Name a woman.
– Sorry No, name a woman.
– Name a woman? Yes. Go.
– Any? Yes.
– Oh my God. Yes.
– Why is this so hard. Name a woman! Um… NAME A WOMAN! NAME A WOMAN! NOOOOO! But luckily there are loads of things
you can do to put people at ease in front of a camera. Number one, either
prepare them… Or massively under prepare them. Some people need preparing
others don’t. If you’re filming to a script, even
if the person is reading from a teleprompter, make sure they can
see the script beforehand. This will help them avoid any
embarrassing moments if they can’t pronounce a
worb and it will really help them stay relaxed on
the big day. Bye. Let’s go ahea tera
tayzon lish fulla bih. Have the pih. But if you’re filming interviews
you’re often best not to prepare them much at all and
get some natural responses. If the person you’re interviewing
is a little nervous and they’ve prepared some answers,
they’ll try desperately to remember word for word what
they wrote down and they’ll just end up sounding super robotic. I did not hit her.
It’s not true. It’s b******t. I did not hit
her. I did not. Oh, hi Mark. But if you ask them questions
off the cuff in a conversational way, they’ll give far better
answers and in that natural way that you’re looking for. Number two, posture and
setting really helps. If you need people sat
down, try and get them to sit up straight and this helps people
that more confident on camera and whatever you do, don’t
use a swivel chair. I will tower over
the mountains and bury my sword deep
in Asgard. –Hang on.
Give it a second. I swear I’m not even moving. It’s
just doing this on its own. And if the person is stood up, get
them to stand confidently and if they use their hands to talk… That’s… great. And finally, number three, your mood
will affect them. If you’re stressed, the person you’re filming will
struggle to feel comfortable. So get relaxed, stay calm,
and just be cool. Can you think of any tips or tricks
that will help people feel relaxed on camera? Comment below and let’s help
end interviewees looking like this,,, I’m not sure what to do
with my hands. Uh, it’d be good just to hold them
down by your side. Yeah. Great. Well we were real happy with, um,
with what was going on. And, uh, at the end of the
day, um… You know, you
gotta be happy.

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