POV 101: Plan it Out

With helmet cams ubiquitous at ski resorts and on trails, everyone is a filmmaker nowadays. But making a good movie takes some practice, planning, and just a pinch of luck.

This video was shot entirely with a POV camera by Aaron Mulkey, an amateur videographer. Yet it flows seamlessly because of the huge amount of planning and prep work the creator put into it. Mulkey planned over 25 placements and camera angles for that film before he even started charging his camera. That meant knowing exactly what he was going to shoot before he shot it.

No matter what the subject of your film is, two low-tech tools will help you make it better: a pen and a notebook. Before you leave your house you should have your entire video written down. How the video will start, what the transitions will be like, what you’re going to do, how the video will end, what the background music will be, how many times you’ll have to do a certain thing to get the right footage from various angles. In short, you want to do all the creative work on paper, so that when you’re outside with the camera, all you have to do is get the right footage to tell you story.

“Anybody can go on any adventure these days with either a GoPro or an iPhone and make an amazing video story out of it,” says filmmaker Renan Ozturk of Camp4 Collective. “It depends on what you’re after, but a lot of people just want to share their stories and experiences, and to do that you have to think more like a filmmaker, and regard the GoPro as a real film camera.”

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