How to Make a Video

Watch me send my niece to the moon...

First: the final product....

This short video was made using the process described in the videos below.  Occasionally, you'll hear me reference the "What the FisX" comedy sketch videos, which you can find here.

1. Brainstorm and Plan

December 4, 2014

While it might sound simple, brainstorming and planning a critical part of the process to ensure that you are prepared to actually starting filming.  Plan ahead to make sure you've actually got a plan of what everyone is supposed to say and what equipment you'll need.

2. Video Tips

December 4, 2014

This tutorial focuses on the video side of things to ensure that you get the best quality footage.  The better quality material you start with, the easier your editing process will be.


3. Audio Tips

December 4, 2014

Many people overlook the importance of sound quality (it's possible there's a pun there).  Seriously, it makes a big difference and there are a few small things you can do to improve the quality.  Again, it's much better to start with good sound than to try and using editing tools to fix it up.

4. Lighting and Green Screen

December 4, 2014

If you want to add a wild background to your video, you're going to want to use a green screen.  Even if you aren't looking to do this, there are some great tips about lighting that you'll still find valuable - lighting can make a HUGE difference in the quality of your footage.


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Now comes the high-pressure part: the actual filming.  If you've prepared properly, this part will be super easy.  If not, don't stress!  You certainly don't want to look stressed on camera, just go with the flow and fix any errors at this stage in the editing process.

6. Editing

December 4, 2014

Finally, we come down to the editing process.  If everything was executed perfectly in the previous steps, editing will be very smooth and simple.  If not, editing is where you can cover up your errors.  Even in making this simple video, we made some errors and had to make adjustments during editing to cover our tracks.  And if you notice closely, even our editing wasn't perfect because KayKay's hands got cut off in part of the scene.