In this video, photographers Jay P. Morgan (from the Slanted Lens) takes a look at shooting video in a real working factory.
Shooting a project in a factory can be a very interesting experience, but it is also a challenge. Morgan had a chance to film in SKB case factory and he had a chance to record 10 tips for anybody thinking of doing something similar.
- Scout the location beforehand – come in and have a look, make notes on what and how you would like to shoot everything before you actually come in to shoot.
- Make a list of all the different things you are going to shoot – be organized and prepare a list of everything you are going to shoot (if this has a step by step it will help you make the video in the end).
- Look for interesting angles – high shots, low shots (using a GoPro is great – you can use it from all sorts of machines and equipment.
- Move the camera – more movement will typically make for a more interesting shots – use a crane, slider, dolly or even a GoPro o a person to make your video looks more interesting.
- Use ambient light for fill and add lights for highlights – you will typically need some powerful lights if you need to light large space but this is part of the job.
- Add color to your lights to make the boring factory look more interesting.
- To get dramatic shots you might need to destroy some stuff – it really depends on the factory but sometimes you will need to shoot through a product.
- Bring clean shirts for the workers – this sound strange but in factories people are, well – messy (depending on the nature of the factory of course). If you want to film them you typically need them to look nice – so make sure you have company shirts with you (or make sure the company makes a few for the shoot).
- Be persistent (but pleasant) – if you know you need a complex shoot – don’t hesitate to ask the workers – you need to be able to do your job.
- Use more than one camera when you need to – when you shoot complex scenes that you might only have one or two chances of shooting – use different simultaneous angles and be creative.