Shooting Videos for Amateurs

Alas! It’s all over. After long weeks of shooting different scenes here and there and moving from one location to another, we are finally done with our video presentation for our Management Ethics course. Ladies and gentlemen, I am proud to present to you the product of our hard work <insert drum rolls here>:


Our Presentation Teaser Image
(c) Geneveive Aguilan; Editing By: Nikki Avila

Sorry, this is just a teaser. I can’t upload the real thing here as that one’s a large file.

For those of you who might be wondering what our video presentation is all about, our group focused on Bernard Madoff, the man behind the largest ponzi scheme in history. We somehow re-enacted some of the events in his life that led him to such unethical behavior. Since, we’re all girls in our group, we decided to change the characters into feminine one. In my case, my character’s name was changed to Bernadette instead of Bernard Madoff.

Anyways, some of you will be surely be doing similar video presentations in the future, so I am giving you tips that might help you along the way (I discovered these when we were making our project):


  • Consult your teammates whether they are already satisfied or not with the script.
  • Find loopholes as much as possible and arrange the sequence of events carefully that it will seem like being played on real time.


  • Prepare letters asking permission to an establishment’s management if you wish to shoot a scene in their areas. Believe me you’ll never want to be kicked out of a coffee shop just because you didn’t secure your permits properly (Talk about past experience *winks*)
  • Be resourceful and turn ordinary place into extra-ordinary scene venues.
  • If you can shoot more scenes at only one location, the better it is.


  • It’s nice to have talents that can really play their characters well but in case of a short production like ours, sometimes you just have to deal with what’s on hand. I mean, it wouldn’t harm you if you just trust on your talents’ acting prowess and not to demand so much from him.
  • Be resourceful with the costumes. Don’t buy new ones especially if you’re not really going to need them after your presentation.
  • Play back scenes you just have taken and check if the audios or background noise are tolerable. Re-shoot them if you need to.
  • If possible, use microphones that are appropriate for camcorders to ensure the audio quality of your presentation. We don’t want to leave our audience hanging while watching the presentation just because they don’t hear the dialogues well, right?


  • Coordinate with your team members even those who are not really in charge with this accordingly. Remember, two heads are better than one.
  • Use the available video editing software that you are most familiar with to save time. Some of the most widely used include Windows Movie Maker, Adobe Premiere and Sony Vegas.

And probably the MOST important tip I could ever give you with filming amateur videos is this…

ENJOY. Have FUN. Make New Friends!

Happy Filming everyone!




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