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Our Recent Pomona College Shoot

Best Boston Video Production companies

Skillman Video Group took part in a short shoot for Pomona College at M.I.T. last week. They heard of our Video Marketing Company through our long standing relationship with M.I.T.. We were given a conference room in the Sloan Laboratories for Friday the 20th. Once we maneuvered our way through the construction to our room, it was time to start setting up. It was going to take some work to make this small blue walled room look more intriguing for the camera. With the shades down, there was one nice streak of sunlight coming through against the blue walls that was perfect to enhance the plain blue walls.

Video Production Lighting Setup

setting up the diffusion and key light

holding the diffusion sheetThe setup process is a lot of choosing and moving things around to make sure it is in the right place. Once we decided where the interviewee was going to sit, which was right in front of the nice streak of sunlight, we started to place the lights around the chair. The key light was placed to the right of the chair in front of the windows. To soften that light we used a 42×42 inch diffusion sheet. Not knowing what the interviewee was going to look like when we first arrived, it was hard to choose how to best set up. Our job is to make them look their best through the camera. Which is why we chose to use the diffusion, because it is best to soften the light for interviews. The Fill light we used was a high quality LED from Denmark. It helped reduce the contrast of the room. We had two microphones set up, one attached to the interviewee and the other on a stand in front of him. We wanted to make sure his voice would stand out over the construction going on outside. That was also the deciding factor of where the microphone stood, because we didn’t want to catch the noises from outside.

There is a lot that goes into setting up for a shoot, and you have to be prepared for anything. Which means you have to have everything with you that you may need. Chuck, our awesome Boston Videographer, has a bag, quite like Mary Poppin’s, that he keeps everything he might need in. It is better to show up with way more than you need, than forget an important piece. As a Top New England Video Production Services, we want the best for our clients and to make sure we come prepared!

Skillman Videography Group LLC specializes in Boston video marketing. Call us anytime at 1-800-784-0140.

What Should Be In Every Videographer’s Bag?

Video Production Equipment List

For every professional videographer, there are a few tools that are instrumental to the production of a successful video. Aside from the camera, which is the most important part, there are supplies that stabilize the equipment, adjust the lighting, and make the set a maneuverable, overall safer place for the crew. Regardless if it is a corporate video shoot or a music video, here are the pieces every videographer needs to have in their bag:

Tripod

In addition to making a shot look stabilized and professional, a tripod also makes the camera’s movements smooth and precise. Keep in mind that there are tripods for photography and shooting video. A video tripod has fluid pan and tilt head features that allow the camera to move in various directions, while a photography tripod is stationary.

External Microphones

Most video cameras have internal microphones that picks up sound from all directions, but the best quality will only come from what is placed directly in front of it. The best way to record clear audio is to have it close enough to the subject, which is to record is separately from the camera. There are several options which are specific to the type of audio that is needed. The most common and useful are shotgun microphones and lavaliere microphones – which can be clipped onto the talent to get the cleanest sound possible.

Headphones

For videographers, the best headphones are able to block out external noise. While the talent is being recorded, it is necessary to listen to what is being said in order to determine which take was the most successful.

Lighting Reflectors & Diffusers

LED lights, which are most used on set, are extremely bright, which makes the talent look overexposed and washed out. Bounce cards and sheer cloths can be used to diffuse them, and can even de-intensify any natural light from the sun that might be too harsh. Professional reflectors are flexible, circular, and and have silver or gold sides. They are the most common forms of light reflection, and can be placed on the opposite side of the incoming light to shine it onto the talent.

Gaffer’s Tape

From taping down cables for maintaining the crew’s safety, to hanging a diffusion gel, gaffer’s tape has a variety of uses. The bigger the roll, the longer it lasts. This type of tape is specially formulated to easily unstick if necessary.

Audio

Batteries & Chargers

Most cameras require batteries in order to function. Having more than one battery, as well as their chargers, is a way to ensure that the camera can record for a long period of time.

Power Strips & Extension Cables

Sometimes, depending on where the shoot is taking place, there are not enough power outlets to account for the camera and lighting tools. Power strips contain several outlets which can power up to 4 or 5 pieces of equipment. Extension cables are also necessary in order to power lights from a great distance.

Skillman Video Group LLC specializes in video production Boston. Call us anytime at 1-800-784-0140.