Published on 1 Dec 2021

How to Self-Shoot

How to Self-Shoot

During the pandemic, it became increasingly difficult (and in many cases, completely impossible) to get a film crew on location. Since then, and as a means of reducing travel time and our carbon footprint, we’ve adapted what we learned during the lockdown period into our way of working. This has meant that we’ve come up with solutions that help our clients tell the stories that need telling, regardless of where they’re located. One of the best lessons learned is how to self-shoot. The results have seen us expand the ways we can deliver high-quality film content remotely, through some creative workarounds.

One way we’ve solved this problem is to teach our contributors how to self-shoot! Using a briefing document that provided all the tips and tricks needed to get the most out of filming on a mobile phones, we helped guide them towards looking good and sounding great. This works even when our team are not at the shoot location, and when all you have at your disposal is a phone, a light and a space to shoot in.

Here are two films we produced this year that make the most of the ‘how to self-shoot’ technique, and really show how powerful storytelling can be when you give people the opportunity to tell it in their own words:

 

Marriott: Belonging

As part of their Take Care initiative, Marriott wanted a film discussing the importance of belonging and community within their hotels across the world. With stories from Dubai, South Africa, and Georgia, this international film captures what it means to be part of a team and valued for the work that you do.

 

World Courier: Delivering Against the Odds

A long work in progress, our film with World Courier was the result of sharing our tips on how to self-shoot with this client, whose team are tasked with the logistics and delivery of emergency medical supplies.

It features self-shot footage and remotely filmed interviews to tell the story of their determination and drive to make sure that they continued to deliver the highest quality service to their customers during the pandemic.

As you can see, self-shooting – with assistance from our team who direct remotely and provide guidance on every aspect of the setup – can produce excellent results! The key here is all about having a remote but skilled producer on-hand to ensure everything comes together smoothly, and of course a great team for post-production work, so best use can be made of the material that has been captured.

As a small but agile and creative film production company, these are the nifty solutions that we’re always learning, and applying to our work, whether it takes place at a distance, or close-up and in the round.

Looking for more info on how to look good on camera when self-shooting? You can find that here in our ‘Filming From Home Guide’.