Kickstarter video shoot, the set-up

Collaboration is wonderful and essential for most creative endeavors. Having someone to offer a fresh perspective or a contrary view…Collaboration is excellent and essential for most creative endeavors. Having someone to offer a fresh perspective or a contrary view can often focus your vision, reminding you of the reason you are doing things the way you are. They can also get you off track.

I have gotten to the place where I will thoughtfully consider most suggestions.

Everything I am going to share was the way I approached this challenge, and all of the steps and suggestions are scalable.

Fortunately, I have a photographer friend who is very interested in shooting and editing video. So, when he contacted me, wondering if I had a video project in mind, I responded, I do!

As a photographer and video hobbyist he had all of the equipment, here is the list.

Digital SLR camera

Digital point and shoot camera

(2) tripods for both cameras

(1) directional microphone (with a boom-type rig to suspend it above my face, off camera)

A device that attached to the flash mount on the SLR which wirelessly connected with the mic, recording the audio to the SLR video.

A headset to listen to the audio while recording to make sure my sound was clear, and nothing was going on in the background.

Things that I provided,

-Computer and teleprompt software during recording.

-Infrared presentation clicker, to remotely control the teleprompt software.

-The studio space.

I know what you are thinking, “Wow. That is impressive, and I have none of that equipment.” That is okay! My original plan was to shoot and record all of this on my mobile phone. And still could, but more important than the equipment are some of the ideas my photographer friend brought to the project. These ideas could help elevate your next video project.


The objective is to record your talent from two angles. The benefit is you can cut back and forth in post-production and keep things visually appealing to your audience.

-Use an alternate viewpoint of your talent to emphasize something they are saying.

-Use one view of your talent leading into a still or video of your project that would have a voiceover, and come back to the alternate talent view.

– Use the alternative view at pauses in your dialogue to make long stretches of your talent speaking feel shorter.

You can achieve this technique on the cheap with portable tripods for mobile devices. I purchased one for under $15 (US) on Amazon.

You can also use multiple mobile phones shooting the same video and audio at different viewing angles. I would probably try and make sure that they were similar phones, but the color balancing of the video footage will happen in post-production, so it might not be a problem.


My photographer friend had some expensive audio equipment; however, I had a hack in mind for recording audio with a mobile device. I was going to purchase an inexpensive microphone and use an audio recording app on my daughter’s mobile phone.

Script preparation

Break your script into manageable chunks, so you are shooting smaller takes that when assembled in post-production, will make the final, longer composite video.

-Shortening the takes will make editing the video footage much more manageable, especially jumping between the two viewpoints.

-When shooting each take in smaller batches, if your talent messes up, there is less opportunity for them to get tongue tied on retakes.

In my experience, it is best that you break your script up in logical places, with the shorter takes in mind.

When we shot each video take, my friend wanted me to clap with my hands audibly before I began speaking. He said that he would use those “claps” in post-production when synching 

the audio with the video.

I used my Surface Studio as a teleprompter with software that I downloaded from the Windows Store. This software was terrific and offered a free trial version with full functionality. I bought it a week later for $8.99.

Be sure to check out the attachments!

More to come on this subject! We still have to shoot the secondary footage and post-production leading to the final video.

I hope this blesses you!

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