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Assessing the Location

Lesson 7 from: iPhone Filmmaking: From Shoot Through Edit

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7. Assessing the Location

Don't start shooting right away -- scouting the location is an important part of the process. Go behind the scenes to explore the location and see potential angles for the video. Learn to adapt your shooting plans based on what you see on location, and use the pre-planning to stay focused on the project.

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Assessing the Location

let's get into assessing the location. So before you roll into the video what I like to do when I get to a place, Um, whether even if its travel in this particular case, it was a photo shoot of this design agency. But I don't start shooting right away. Um, I think if you're a photographer, you might already know that. Especially this landscape photography. You should look around first, you know, where where can you shoot from? There might be something cooler down the road. So I always like to spend a bit of time assessing the location and looking around to see you know what? What do we have here? So in this particular case, um, I took the time I spoke with the two designers, and then I asked them, toe, walk me around and show me, you know, what was their space all about? So that's really important to, um And then once you walk around and I'll go over this later, once you walk around, you will probably have some new things. Add to that shot list that you have, right, Phanom? You want to...

show us around? Yes, for sure. So this is where a lot of the computer stuff happens. Three D modeling. We have a three d printer here as well. And then what do you have here? So I see you have some more white boards up there? Yes. Okay. So one thing that we do here is a lot of the designs that we come up with a start with sketches, and we turned them into three very quickly. And so I see this is where you and Marta's work, Yes. Is this where you spend most of you day? Would you say we dio in this room? It's a lot of doing the actual design work and communicate with each other. So we talk to each other constantly, making sure that every client is taken care of and that every, you know, check markets is being checked. Got it. Okay. So immediately after hearing what Phanom told me about how the uses room, I want to make sure this is definitely in the video, cause this is where they deal bulk of their work. The three d printer is also very unique to industrial design. So I definitely want to see that in action. And of course, the sketches over there are also a part of their brand. So I do want to do some close up shots of those and maybe also some mawr of the raw sketches that they do. So you kind of see the variation of fidelity of their work. All right, let's go downstairs. Great. Oh, cool. Yeah. So this first room is a little bit of a luxury. Martus and I started shooting ourselves explaining what we do to be shared with students with start up founders. That's right, cause you teach as well. That's right. So this is important. Yeah. Okay, so So we, you know, got some equipment for lighting recording in a table where we explain everything. Okay, so, yeah, I think definitely this is going to be part of the story. Um, and maybe you can show us maybe could set it up so that it kind of looks like you're a bum to shoot, So that would be a good way to set this up for sure. All right, so let's move on to the next move on. So this is a really special room. So one of the things that we do at nonfiction is, um prototyping of soft goods. Got it. And one of my specialties specifically is leather goods. So I was trained in traditional leather crafting and studied her brand called Eternal Lux 45 years ago. Wow. The examples of our hand tools right here and machinery right here and everything is to make luxury goods made in San Francisco dies great. So immediately. I'm thinking this room is really interesting. Immediately, I'm thinking there's gonna be some great close ups happening. And here, especially the sewing machine, is so different from the three D printer upstairs and then also the leather goods. I mean, the detail of this definitely deserves a close up. And of course, some of the tools over here are also very unique to this craft. So I think what I will do is make sure I get close ups of those and maybe have Phanom picked them up and see how she holds them and portrayed that story. So this is a great room. Moving on to the next room has more playground. It's a playground. This is what we call the dirty workshop. As you can see, there's a lot of you know would and dust and things everywhere. And that's where we do a lot of wood foam markups, prototypes for packaging. We work on motorcycles. We weld here. We cut things with this machine. So it's a lot of, you know, making sure that what we're designing three D actually can be a tangible prototype very quickly. Awesome. So I think as I've seen all three rooms, I want to do a walk through kind of footage, just just just to show how big your spaces. I think that's super unique, especially in San Francisco. And again, this is just another different way. I mean, I love all the different areas that you have, Um, but here you notice it's a little bit darker, so I'm really gonna have to think about lighting here. So I'm probably going to bring some of the lights that I have to light up each of the different tools that I want to get a close up of. And especially here they have. I think you three d printed some of these right, and so that's really interesting. But as you can see, it's really dark here. So what I might do later is maybe move it or bring some lights to just bring it out. But this is a really great space, and it's Ah, it's a visual candy. Awesome. So the first thing I look for when I enter a location is the light, because the IPhone does have a really small sensor. I'm really sensitive to the light. I want to make sure that it's going to be, well, it or maybe I'll have to bring in some extra lights after I assessed the light I look at, Where can I shoot from? Where is the most interesting vantage point that will show, really, what's going on? Kind of like an establishing shot? And then I looked for the medium shots. What are some interesting things around the room that I can capture? And then finally, I look forward, the really interesting close up shots. So what deserves me closing up on that will really bring out of the story. So, for example, here, right now we have this great view, So I would probably shoot from that side over there to capture the view here, and then I see that there's a bookshelf there. I'm probably going to do something to work with that and then behind me is this white board that they have that has their sketches. So this is very unique to them. So I'd probably do a close up shot of this. So typically, that's what I look for. And this room is where they do a lot of their work. So I definitely want to make sure I incorporate it into the story. All right, so that was assessing the location. So remember how I said Make sure you have a shot list because what happened there? As soon as I got to the studio, I was like squirrels. There's you saw There were mean five different rooms and there was just so much going on in each of the rooms. You had the dirty workshop where there is a school motorcycle and you have these tools. And then you had the sewing room and there was just so much, um, had a hard time, just kind of not shooting everything. But that's when the shot list comes in handy, because it helps keep you focused. But it was really like I took my They were really nice where they let me teach you more than what I probably would we spend a lot of time? They're just because it was just such a like, Such a great space. I mean, so unique. Toe have a sewing room and the dirty workshop. And you have this high tech room with a three d printer, and then you have this conference room. I mean, there was just all around the house is so much going on, and the shot list kind of helped me focus. Um, yes, I do have a question that has come in from Linda Online as your scouting this area and crane the shot list. Do you already know the length of what the final piece is going to be? For example, 2.5 minutes or 10 minutes. Just so does that make a difference in terms of your shot list? Yes. That is a really good question. I did have an idea already because I knew this was gonna be a video that was more a promotional. It couldn't be anything really long. So I told them when I came in that the video was going to be somewhere between three and five, maybe six minutes. So it's going to be that short of a video. So given that knowing that you know, how much can you really fit in into a five minute video in terms of B roll and then the interview and so on it that helped me control what I was filming? Um, but I always tend to overshoot, and the reason for that is you want to give yourself options. It's it's better to have more than less. Um, it makes for a much, much better edit. But yes, it's a good question. I did have a duration of mind. Like if I knew it was going to be a 30 minute video, I would have shot things a lot differently. I would have lingered a lot longer. I would have had Phanom maybe so something together. You know that I would have had longer shots that had Mawr detailer action in them.

Ratings and Reviews

Chrystelle Hadjikakou

Being a beginner in all things video, watching this live class left me excited to try out a lot of things on my iPhone, not to mention I learned loads. Cielo showed us the full process from shot listing to gear to preparing the shoot and then shooting and editing, which was very enlightening, also I want to thank the people who were on the chat, because sharing tips and tricks was great too! Thank you for the awesome work!


This class was great! Cielo offered really good information. It was probably more than I needed since I am a beginner, but it inspired me to try and use it for the simple reasons I took the course. But it also showed me what is possible and how I can eventually upgrade what I am doing. It's good for people who are really into photography and telling the story of entrepreneurs (which is so important these days) can use their photography skills to help business owners stand out whether it's your side hustle or main career.

Greg Bird

I just finished the class and I enjoyed it quite a bit. It is perfect for someone like me just starting out and I recommend this class to anyone interested in making mobile videos. I look forward to diving into the more extensive editing course next. Thank you!

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