1. Make sure you think about b-roll
Include at least one shot in your shot list that will get you a variety of footage so that you don’t have just talking heads. For example, try something like “Show us your surroundings”
2. Encourage your camera shy contributors
If you notice that your contributors are a little camera shy and that they are only filming general surroundings, consider adjusting your shot list to encourage them to film with other people. It can be a little scary to be on camera alone, so prompt them to film with friends!
3. Give tips and feedback to improve the quality of your footage
Maybe some clips are blurry, have bad sound quality, or maybe you just don’t have enough clips altogether! Whatever the issue is, just talk to your contributors.
Send words of encouragement and also let them know how they might improve. For example, “Loving all of your clips so far! We’d love to see more of what’s going on outside.” Just be sure to keep it friendly and conversational.
Don’t be afraid to include little tips/friendly reminders that will help your contributors film better. You can remind them to be aware of their surroundings, to avoid noisy or dark spaces, or direct them to Seenit Academy on YouTube.