Film Your Hobbies
But, Show Some Excitement
While it may be easy to get caught up in framing the shot with cinematic focus, you’re also the director alongside the shooter. You have to instruct your subject to move the way you wish, otherwise you’ll have a boring stagnant shot with no story. Showing some excitement within your frame — some action — to convey feeling or fleeting memory. Acting excited will, too, get your subject equally as stoked. Saying things like “whoa!” at the end of a well-shot clip will encourage the actor and set to sustain a good level of energy throughout the project.
There’s Three Cameras on the Phone — Use Them!
Whether you have an Android or iPhone, most new smartphones these days have two, three, or more cameras on them for advanced shooting. It’s easy to want to capture the wide scescenence with manual movements of the gimbal, but try and utilize the different lenses on the phone for a more dynamic approach. Let the device do the work for you. Chris Hau likes to particularly shoot on the Tele Lens to snag tight details shots to help better showcase the set of timelines. No one is parallax in the background, and it helps you focus on the subject.
Capture The Surroundings
Capture the environment, set the stage. It helps bring the viewer in closely to your story. More importantly, you’ll be an active participant in the environment to which you’re filming and, therefore, form a deeper connection to its surroundings.