MS PowerPoint presentation tips

Good Shooting Guide

Use your storyboard to plan your film shoot:

  • Rule of thumb for filming; a shot should be a minimum of 10 seconds long.
  • When filming, it’s a good idea after calling Action for everyone on set to count silently, one Mississippi, 2 Mississippi, 3 Mississippi before presenter starts for e.g.
  • No shaky shots please! Don't make your audience sea sick. Try to use a tripod if at all possible when filming, this gives you a good, steady shot. If it is not possible, then use the following tips to help you film steady hand-held shots.
    • Zoom out, this reduces wobble
    • Keep your feet shoulder-width apart
    • Hold the camera with both hands
    • Lock your arms close to your body, when still
    • When walking, hold the camera a little further away so your arms absorb some of the motion
    • Find something to lean against if you're holding a shot for a while
  • Remember you don’t have to film everything in order, because you can move shots around in the edit.
  • If you are filming an activity that can be repeated, rule of thumb is to first film your wide shot. This is a good shot to have in case the other shots aren't useful in the edit.


Adjusting the focus of the camera allows you to see the object clearly through the camera lens. Some cameras have options to film in auto-focus mode or manual focus mode. Some people find auto-focus easier because the camera will automatically get focus by itself, and the camera person can just point and shoot. Manual focus, however, gives the camera person more control to decide what part of the scene will be in focus.

  • Auto focus; switch your camera to auto-focus, point and shoot. NB If using auto-focus, remember, if there is movement in your scene, the camera will automatically keep readjusting the focus, this can make the audience feel dizzy.
  • Manual focus; zoom into a person’s eye in auto-focus mode and when the image is clearly focused, switch the camera setting to manual and zoom out and frame your shot before filming.

Filming Motion

Try to include some action shots in you film. Remember action will make your promotional video more exciting and more interesting for the audience. If you are filming somebody moving, for instance a person on dodgems or canoeing, follow the following steps:

  • Try to let the action enter and/or leave the frame, i.e. film the empty scene before and after the moving subject appears
  • Try to start moving the camera before the moving subject enters the frame
  • Include walking and moving room in the frame

  • If possible rehearse your camera moves
  • Avoid focus problems when following a moving subject with a handheld camera by keeping the same distance between it and the camera
  • Try to keep one eye on the actual space around you
  • If you are moving with the camera have a second person with you to keep an eye out for obstacles
  • Remember SAFETY FIRST!

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