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5 top tips to make your film a success

In our next step you will be asked to create a Record and Playback film of your own. Before we do so, we’d like to take you through our five top tips for recording successful film content.

Camera framing - Would a long shot or close up suit best for the activity you have in mind? Camera positioning - Where is the best place to position the camera to get a clear shot? Lighting - Are the people being filmed facing the light source rather than standing with their backs to it? Sound - Have you chosen a suitable location to cut out background noise? Is the mic close to the person who is speaking to camera? If you are without access to a tripod, have you minimised camera shake with your elbows on a table, shelf or wall?

If you’d like to use these tips in class, we’ve attached a downloadable Top 5 tips pdf to this step below.

Do you have any tips to add to these 5?

What can you incorporate into your planning to minimise this?

How do you think you could improve the quality of work produced?

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