It seems that I have found my niche for now. Having edited a startup company’s i-phone video as a favour, I proceeded to give them some tips on how it could easily be improved. Next thing I know, an improved video is emailed to me with a request for editing plus a promise of payment and future work!
Recently, they wanted to film a short informal QA session in their offices and invited me along for a preliminary meeting. The room has harsh overhead lights, glass partitions (the main office and windows are visible through the partition), a single-glazed window on the opposite wall (which overlooks the cross-rail construction site) and reflective whiteboard, TV screen and framed glass fixed wall hanging on the other two walls.
As a startup company, they have many expenses and have to manage the budget carefully so we had to work with what we had. The best backdrop was the frosted panel on the glass partitions so the “video star” was positioned there as I set up the frame, still using an i-phone as the latest ones are excellent for this job.
Several takes were needed to ensure that there would be enough usable footage for editing without disruptive external noises. The shoot took less than half a day, so did editing/re-edit requests (excluding time spent travelling and preliminary discussions). During editing, I added sub-titles and corporate branding.
- Film equipment used: i-phone and backup camera (each with tripods)
- Editing software used: Final Cut Pro
It would be great to have lights, diffusers, external mic, backdrops and blue/green screen if this freelance work continues.
Here is the final version of the corporate video:
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