The Art of Shooting B-Roll: Where to Start to Make Sure You’ll Get What You Need
If you ever had to shoot a video for a client, whether a documentary or a more corporate one, there is one thing you probably quickly realized: B-Roll is key and getting good to great B-Roll is as important is it can be tricky.
You need to stay alert and take quick decisions, and the best way to make sure you have the space of mind you need while in the trenches is a) good preparation and b) having a blueprint of sort, so you don’t spend time you should be using shooting, taking last minute decisions and wondering which lens to use first while the story moves forward in front of your eyes.
The team over at Transom shared one of the best article I’ve seen so far, with a video you can watch below showing you step by step how to proceed, what to do, what not to do (which is sometimes as important as its counterpart) and how to do it to make sure you get enough B-Roll, and the best kind possible during a shooting day.
Everything is said in the video with great details and the necessary images to illustrate each point, so I highly recommend you to watch it, but here are five key points out of the many made in the video that I felt deserved to be served as appetizers:
- Start with your wide lens
- Try to avoid conversation with your subject
- Shoot first, adjust your settings and ask questions later
- Always consider your backgrounds
- Make sure to get at least 5 seconds per shot before moving on
[Thanks to No Film School]