Hard to Acquire Footage.

Caveat! This post is not meant to imply or encourage any unethical or deviant behavior.  Proper permissions should always be obtained  prior to any media production.

My final blog post will draw on past experience to provide you with some useful information about how to obtain otherwise hard to reach video footage.  This information may prove beneficial for future video or Flash projects, and has certainly helped me in a number of circumstances.

Many people are uncomfortable being  captured on video recording devices.  This condition is referred to as  being camera shy.  Ironically, these same people often are perfectly comfortable with being captured in the still frame of a photograph.  Below are two methods helping people believe that they are not being filmed on video when they actually are.  (you generally get the best footage this way)

Method 1:   Most modern digital video cameras are equipped with a photographic setting that allows you to take still images.  If your subjects are uncomfortable with you wielding a video camera in their presence simply demonstrate the still photographic capabilities of your camera to them and assure them that you would never betray their trust in filming them otherwise without their consent.  This action will put your subject into a more relaxed state of mind.

While this may seem unethical I have never encountered a scenario where, upon seeing the final product, the above mentioned reservations have manifested themselves.  Indeed if you utilize the skills that you acquire from this class to paint your subject in a positive light then most of the time you will be rewarded with expressions of happiness and gratitude.

-Also keep in mind that the law supports the favorable use of video representation of someone more leniently than the use of an audio recording.

Method 2:  The Camera Box.

Step 1- Find a box approximately the size of your video recording device.

Step 2- Cut a small hole in one side of the box just big enough to allow an unobstructed view for your camera’s lens.

Step 3- Secure your device so that the lens doesn’t jostle out of place from its proper viewing position. I find that duct tape is particularly useful in this situation.

Step 4- Before closing the box make sure that the device is turned to the ‘on’ position and that it is actively recording.

Step 5- Attach the box to a strap or sling so that you can carry the box casually like you would a handbag.

Step 6- Act natural.

I hope that this information will contribute to your future projects in a way that is both beneficial and ethically sound.


~ by balletwiener1 on April 16, 2010.

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