Organising a live event can be hectic; our local council, Lambeth, had a 55-page guide to organising live events. Filming your live event can add a whole other level of complexity to your day and it’s best to look for help- someone who knows what they are doing.
Below, we discuss what you need to be aware off.
Decide where you should be when filming your live event?
To be sure to capture any important audio-visual information on your camera, you should think about filming the event from as close as possible, as it will help.
Normally, you should try to get both wide and close-up shots as it will help your viewers get a better idea of the scale of event, however your camera location will largely depend on the type of treatment you want for the final video.
It’s always a good idea to get a few establishing (wide angle) shots of the surroundings before you start filming the main event, so you can then focus your attention on gathering usable audio from close range.
While you have all your attention on capturing the event, camera placement can have a big impact on the final output.
So, plan your shots beforehand and then keep the camera at an appropriate angle to film the required elements.
For example, eye-level shots will give your viewers a firsthand experience of the event as if they were present, right there in person, whilst belly-level shots can be good for getting close overviews of a massive event such as a rally.
If you are filming in a safe location, you should always try to use a tripod (or any other firm surface) to get stable shots, especially when you need to zoom in/out of the frames.
Choose what to film
You should plan your shots beforehand- having some idea of what the final treatment of the video will look like will help you a lot with this.
Normally, you would be looking to shoot all people and events that the viewer would be expect to see. Anything else depends on the time, event and you!
Possibly, you would look to record these shots:
1. Key Speakers: Any celebrities, organisers or leaders who are making a speech need to be captured on camera for the viewers to get the main idea of the event. Look for a close, stable position where you can capture non-shaky images along with uninterrupted audio.
2. B-roll: Try to shoot a lot of different images and activities at the event to support your main story idea. They will be useful in portraying the emotions and feelings of those involved in the event for the viewers to be engaged. B-roll footage also comes in quite handy when editing to cover for any breaks in action or speeches.
3. Vox-pop: Recording the opinions of those present at the event can be a good way to complement your idea for the event story. You can ask them relevant questions or their personal opinions- it will all contribute to excellent story-telling. Remember, for your film to look authentic, it needs to have the views of the organisers as well as of those participating in the event.
Now that you know what’s involved in outdoor event filming, you can understand why it’s a good idea to let the professionals handle it. Just look for a live event filming production company like Webvideos to do the job for you. Take a look at our videos and be amazed at the great job we do!