The rise of social media, combined with access to affordable video cameras and devices have made it easier than ever to become your very own movie producer. The video sharing website Youtube, for example, is one of the most popular sites on the internet, with visitors watching around 6 billion hours of video every month.
If you fancy making your directorial debut on the world wide web, it literally couldn’t be any easier. All you need is a device to record your video on and access to the internet to share your work with the world.
Well, actually there is a little bit more to it than that. Depending on the audience you are looking to attract, you may or may need to invest in a few additional pieces of equipment to produce your finest work. Here is our guide to making a home movie, the modern way.
Choose your weapon (or in this case your camera)
If you are looking to shoot on location, i.e. anywhere outside the home, you will probably want to use your mobile device, cell phone or even a portable video camera. All of these offer excellent quality video recording and are super easy to use. Remember though, when you are out on location, you will need to consider how to keep your camera fully charged. Investing in a mobile power station from RIVER, enables you to charge all kinds of devices on the go. With a mega capacity of 116,000mAh and 11 inputs to choose from, these handy mobile power stations are a must-have for any good cameraman.
Choose your concept
Simply recording your surroundings, or taking pictures of your friends may not be as interesting for the viewer as it may be for you. Come up with a storyline and think about how you can make it work, production wise. You can write a script, cast your actors and find the perfect location to shoot your film or short story. You may just want to make a video to show off your own talents or sporting skills. Cleverly editing footage of you and yours shredding it in the skate park, or killing it on the football field makes for great viewing and treasured memories.
Capture A Trend
The best way to make sure your movie is well loved by its audience is to jump on a current trend. Currently, for example, certain types of video are more popular than others. Vlogs, video game reviews, montages of scenery and music as well as comedy shorts all trend very well on Youtube and social media in general. We don’t want to stifle your creativity, but be aware that if a subject matter that is too niche may not pull in the viewers quite so easily.
Capture A Moment
Perhaps you are simply looking to use your video footage as a visual reminder of a big day or special occasion? In this case, you may not need to write scripts or conceptualize your big debut. You will, however, want to make sure that you never miss a moment. Again, this is where a portable power station will take control of all of your charging needs, whatever your location. From summer weddings to mountain hikes, being able to charge your device, cellphone, camera or laptop on location means you never miss a moment.
Share It With The World
Once you are happy with your finished product, upload it to Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Vimeo or any other of the wide range of social sharing sites, and sit back and wait for Hollywood to call!
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