POV 101: Tips and Hacks to Make Your Movie Better

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.

Mar 4, 2013
Outside Magazine

3M High Strength Velcro is a cheap and easy way to secure your camera into a unique tool    Photo: Keese Lane

For anything you're going to edit into slow motion, don’t worry about the resolution. The coolness of footage will make up for any loss of image quality you had to tolerate to get the frames per second up.

Mount your camera on an egg timer. The dial spins slowly, which gives you a great way to steadily pan.

If you’re going to be placing your camera all over the place, Velcro is cheap, strong, and plentiful.

Get a big memory card and keep your camera running. Sure, it’s not in your storyboard, but you might just get lucky. If you’ve got a camera running, you’ll catch the unexpected on tape when it happens.

Don’t hold the camera. Your hands shake, and with a lightweight camera we, the viewers, will notice. If you have to, stick the camera on a ski pole or other steady object.

Finally, go with your gut, and have fun. If you think any of the above advice gets in the way of your creativity or fun, ignore it. This is supposed to be a good time, and if you’re not enjoying yourself, what are you doing?

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