The most difficult part of using and editing user-submitted footage is consistancy. Take a look at our filming tips so you can get the best out of your videos.
There is no right or wrong way to film your videos. It doesn't matter if you film indoors or outdoors, handheld or with a tripod. The tips below are just that, tips (except for the Must Do's). Film in a way that makes you most comfortable.
Different elements help make a documentary visually interesting. To stop a movie being "in your face" the whole time, we use cutaway shots and pauses where you aren't speaking to add perspective and emotion. Here are a few ideas. You don't have to do these, but they can be really helpful.
Here are some helpful tutorial videos we found on the interweb. Please note that these are for reference only and not made by Stub a Toe Productions. You do not need to make your videos look professional like these, nor do you need to buy any of the equipment mentioned in the videos. Just use what you have available to you, and film the way that suits you.
Look out for the tips on Manual Focus and Manual Exposure. These are very helpful in keeping your video in focus when there is movement around you, and to stop the light levels jumping up and down if filming outdoors.