With fast-paced advancements in digital photography, amateur users can now film and document lives of their family and friends. You may use the service of a local videographer for your family biography project, but you have to perform lots of pre-shoot preparation on setting, gathering people, furnishing of the spot and many more. While you can arrange people and take care of the setting and spots, why donâ€™t you capture on lens the people you love, by yourself?
Advanced camcorders and high-end digital cameras with HD video shooting enable amateurs to film professional looking video with vivid clarity and high resolution. After you complete filming, you can work on video editing by using good editing software such Windows Movie maker or Apple iMovie. Using these video editing software, you can create trailers, edit audio parts of the video, add texts and effects, synchronize additional music and also upload the video to online video sharing locations such as YouTube and Facebook etc. Then, why wait? Start filming and create a family biography â€“ here are the easy steps to do so.
Research and gather resources
Have you ever seen a family biography? If you have not, you can Google for samples of family video graphy. You will find varied types of samples created by amateurs or professional videographers. You can directly navigate to YouTube so that you can choose to view the thumbnail of the video that you like. Most of the family biography videos are created with bits of family membersâ€™ and relativesâ€™ opinions. Videographers interview some individuals to know about other people and their past life. Interviewing family heads like mother or father is considered by most of the videographers.
Who can narrate you all the stories?
Parents can tell all about their children and can provide interesting facts about childhood and special fond memories to make the biography even more warm, lively and interesting. Capturing the affection of parents by interviewing them can contribute toward adding voice, originality and perspective to the footage. Your video biography should not be too long to appear boring or too short to appear incomplete. Good family biographies are 30 to 90 minutes long. However, nuclear or small family videos should not be stretched to more than 30 minutes; the shorter it is the better. Other than interviews, you may include lots of images to the content such as, childhood pictures, photos of wedding, anniversaries, and birthdays and of any special occasions or events that may have taken place in the family.
Outline Interview questions
Check out some of the video family biography samples to know what interview questions would depict significant aspects of the family tree. At the same time, you should remember that your questions must make your family members comfortable for them to speak in front Â of the camera. Create a questionnaire of twenty to twenty five questions which would cover questions on births and birth places, childhood, schooldays, hobbies, travel, occupation, accomplishments and misfortune, major places of worship where family has frequented etc. Â Â
Setting up an interview is quite easy. While setting up the interview, you must pay heed to the area where the interview is being filmed, whether the area is getting adequate window light especially when you are not equipped with sufficient lighting equipment. Let the interviewing people face the light. If your budget is not too meager, consider buying a reasonably priced light system of 500 watt. You may refer to magazines and tutorials to get tips on setting up a light system.
Video Camera Setup
If the tripod will remain stationery for most parts of the interview, why donâ€™t you plan to use the fixed ones which are not so expensive? Consider filming from different ranges. After each set of three to four questions â€“ you can alternate between medium, close up to wide angle compositions. Also consider shooting from different angles as well. At the same time, you can also experiment with various zooming in and zooming out to focus on more clarity on expression and emotion.
Video EditingÂ Â
Notable video editing software such as Windows Movie Maker or Apple iMovie includes extensive editing features and offers scopes for addition of other type of contents. You can import other audio, images, texts and add effects to the video of family biography. Apple iMovie â€™11 comes with an easy to handle drag and drop features that may come handy while you import cutaway images or clipping from other footage. Thus, you can show your audience images that depict whatever the interviewee is saying. Â While importing cutaway images, you can specify the duration, position, and speed at which they should appear along with fading effects for the chosen cutaways. The â€˜Manualâ€™ option in Cutaway Fade will enable you to customize fade in and fade out effects. Likewise, speed adjustments will help you slow down or pace up a bit if the original movie is too fast or slow to match with the span of duration of those that are being talked about.
Creating a family biography is never an easy task. It requires loads of preparation, detailing and proper planning before final execution. Therefore, to make the task organized, enjoyable and simpler, it is a good idea to plan in advance and get some hands on knowledge in handling equipment. After this initial struggle, remember you will have a precious family asset to boast ofâ€¦.