Your Virtual Filming Session – Getting Prepared

Below is all of the info that you need to get prepared for your virtual filming session. Please let us know if you have any questions about anything before our virtual filming date.

We will, of course, do our last-minute tweaks and set up when we log on together at the time of our virtual filming session, but as much of the setup as you can do ahead of time will save us time in the moment, and make your filming session faster.

Your Virtual Filming Session – Getting Prepared

Below is all of the info that you need to get prepared for your virtual filming session. Please let us know if you have any questions about anything before our virtual filming date.

We will, of course, do our last-minute tweaks and set up when we log on together at the time of our virtual filming session, but as much of the setup as you can do ahead of time will save us time in the moment, and make your filming session faster.

Your Equipment

Your Equipment

At this point, you should be all set with your equipment (camera, lights, microphone, tripod) and your background for your virtual filming session, based on our previous tech sessions.

If you are still unsure about how to set up and use any of your equipment, or need any suggestions, guidance, or further support, please let us know ASAP, so we can get everything sorted out before our day of filming.

At this point, you should be all set with your equipment (camera, lights, microphone, tripod) and your background for your virtual filming session, based on our previous tech sessions.

If you are still unsure about how to set up and use any of your equipment, or need any suggestions, guidance, or further support, please let us know ASAP, so we can get everything sorted out before our day of filming.

What to Wear For Your Virtual Filming Session

What to Wear For Your Virtual Filming Session

Just a few reminders:

  • Solid, rich colors look best on camera. Jewel tones are great and really pop. Deep shades of blue, purple, green, pink, red are typically good choices for many people. Choose a shirt color that looks good with your hair color, skin tone, and eye color – choose the best color(s) that make you feel vibrant, youthful, and energetic.

  • Remember that you always want to contrast with the background, so your image pops on-camera. You do not want to blend in! So pay attention to the colors in the set (wall, curtains, couch, desk, furniture, artwork, props, etc.) and choose something that both looks nice with, and contrasts well, in that space.

  • Also, if we’re we’re going to be filming 2 separate videos, please choose 2 separate tops, so we can switch your top between videos. We want the viewers to know for sure that these are 2 different videos, so there’s no temptation to feel like they don’t need to watch one or the other – in other words, we don’t want them to assume they already saw that video because they see you again, in the same outfit.

Just a few reminders:

  • Solid, rich colors look best on camera. Jewel tones are great and really pop. Deep shades of blue, purple, green, pink, red are typically good choices for many people. Choose a shirt color that looks good with your hair color, skin tone, and eye color – choose the best color(s) that make you feel vibrant, youthful, and energetic.

  • Remember that you always want to contrast with the background, so your image pops on-camera. You do not want to blend in! So pay attention to the colors in the set (wall, curtains, couch, desk, furniture, artwork, props, etc.) and choose something that both looks nice with, and contrasts well, in that space.

  • Also, if we’re we’re going to be filming 2 separate videos, please choose 2 separate tops, so we can switch your top between videos. We want the viewers to know for sure that these are 2 different videos, so there’s no temptation to feel like they don’t need to watch one or the other – in other words, we don’t want them to assume they already saw that video because they see you again, in the same outfit.

Your Tech Setup – Overview

Your Tech Setup – Overview

The Overall Plan:

We’re either going to:

Option #1: Film your video with your SmartPhone (iPhone or Android) as the “camera”

OR

Option #2: Film this video using your computer as the “camera”

PLEASE NOTE: If you are going to be using your SmartPhone as your camera, then we will also have you log in from a nearby laptop separately as well, so we can communicate and see each other on the laptop, while actually positioning the SmartPhone directly in front of you, to be the “camera” for our shoot. (FYI, the positioning of your laptop doesn’t matter, it just needs to be close enough so that we can see and hear each other during the session, before we start recording, and between takes.)

The Overall Plan:

We’re either going to:

Option #1: Film your video with your SmartPhone (iPhone or Android) as the “camera”

OR

Option #2: Film this video using your computer as the “camera”

PLEASE NOTE: If you are going to be using your SmartPhone as your camera, then we will also have you log in from a nearby laptop separately as well, so we can communicate and see each other on the laptop, while actually positioning the SmartPhone directly in front of you, to be the “camera” for our shoot. (FYI, the positioning of your laptop doesn’t matter, it just needs to be close enough so that we can see and hear each other during the session, before we start recording, and between takes.)

Your Tech Setup – If Filming With Your SmartPhone

Your Tech Setup – If Filming With Your SmartPhone

STEP 1: Prep your SmartPhone – Part 1 (please complete this step PRIOR TO our final pre-production tech session)

  • Make sure that your phone’s operating system (iOS or Android) is up to date

  • Download the “OpenReel Capture” app to your iPhone or Android phone

    You can find the iPhone app here (must click this link on your iPhone):
    https://apps.apple.com/us/app/openreel-capture/id1542979247

    You can find the Android app here (must click this link on your Android Phone):
    Coming Soon

  • Make sure you have at least 5GB of storage available on your phone

    For iPhone users: click on Settings >> General >> iPhone Storage (it will tell you at the top how many GB of storage space are used/remaining).

    If you don’t have enough space, it may be helpful to remove some larger video files from your photos library (if there are any)

STEP 2: Prep your SmartPhone – Part 2 (please do this RIGHT BEFORE our filming session)

  • Make sure your phone battery is fully charged to 100% (PLEASE NOTE: this could take several hours to complete, so make sure you attend to this a few hours before our session starts)

  • Close down all other applications on your phone

  • Turn on “Do Not Disturb” and set it to “ALWAYS”

    For iPhone users: click on Settings >> Do Not Disturb >> Toggle Do Not Disturb On >> Click on “Always”

  • Disable “Bluetooth”

    For iPhone users: click on Settings >> Bluetooth >> Toggle to Off

  • Make sure that you are connected to a reliable WiFi signal

STEP 3: Setup your equipment (please do this RIGHT BEFORE our filming session)

  • Set up your SmartPhone in your desired filming location

  • Place your SmartPhone in the phone tripod

  • Plugin your external microphone (if you’re using one)

  • Set up your lights (if you’re using them)

  • NOTE:
    If we ARE going to be using the teleprompter feature for a scripted video, set up your phone so that you have the camera on the FRONT side of the phone facing you (the side with the screen).

    If we ARE NOT going to be using the teleprompter feature for your video, set up your phone so that you have the camera on the BACK side of the phone facing you.

STEP 4: At our scheduled filming session time, log in to our filming session on your computer

  • From your computer’s browser, click the private link you were sent in your filming instructions email

    NOTE: you must use Chrome or Firefox browser

  • After you click the link, you will need to:
    Enter your Name
    Enter the unique Session ID
    Click “Allow” to access your camera and microphone
    Click “Enter Session”

STEP 5: Log in to our filming session from your SmartPhone (i.e. your camera)

  • AFTER we log in together on your computer, I will have you open up the OpenReel app on your SmartPhone, and walk you through the steps to enter the filming session

  • After you open the app, you will need to:
    Enter your Name
    Enter the unique Session ID
    Click “Enter”
    Click the actual Session folder for the filming session

STEP 1: Prep your SmartPhone – Part 1 (please complete this step PRIOR TO our final pre-production tech session)

  • Make sure that your phone’s operating system (iOS or Android) is up to date

  • Download the “OpenReel Capture” app to your iPhone or Android phone

    You can find the iPhone app here (must click this link on your iPhone):
    https://apps.apple.com/us/app/openreel-capture/id1542979247

    You can find the Android app here (must click this link on your Android Phone):
    Coming Soon

  • Make sure you have at least 5GB of storage available on your phone

    For iPhone users: click on Settings >> General >> iPhone Storage (it will tell you at the top how many GB of storage space are used/remaining).

    If you don’t have enough space, it may be helpful to remove some larger video files from your photos library (if there are any)

STEP 2: Prep your SmartPhone – Part 2 (please do this RIGHT BEFORE our filming session)

  • Make sure your phone battery is fully charged to 100% (PLEASE NOTE: this could take several hours to complete, so make sure you attend to this a few hours before our session starts)

  • Close down all other applications on your phone

  • Turn on “Do Not Disturb” and set it to “ALWAYS”

    For iPhone users: click on Settings >> Do Not Disturb >> Toggle Do Not Disturb On >> Click on “Always”

  • Disable “Bluetooth”

    For iPhone users: click on Settings >> Bluetooth >> Toggle to Off

  • Make sure that you are connected to a reliable WiFi signal

STEP 3: Setup your equipment (please do this RIGHT BEFORE our filming session)

  • Set up your SmartPhone in your desired filming location

  • Place your SmartPhone in the phone tripod

  • Plugin your external microphone (if you’re using one)

  • Set up your lights (if you’re using them)

  • NOTE:
    If we ARE going to be using the teleprompter feature for a scripted video, set up your phone so that you have the camera on the FRONT side of the phone facing you (the side with the screen).

    If we ARE NOT going to be using the teleprompter feature for your video, set up your phone so that you have the camera on the BACK side of the phone facing you.

STEP 4: At our scheduled filming session time, log in to our filming session on your computer

  • From your computer’s browser, click the private link you were sent in your filming instructions email

    NOTE: you must use Chrome or Firefox browser

  • After you click the link, you will need to:
    Enter your Name
    Enter the unique Session ID
    Click “Allow” to access your camera and microphone
    Click “Enter Session”

STEP 5: Log in to our filming session from your SmartPhone (i.e. your camera)

  • AFTER we log in together on your computer, I will have you open up the OpenReel app on your SmartPhone, and walk you through the steps to enter the filming session

  • After you open the app, you will need to:
    Enter your Name
    Enter the unique Session ID
    Click “Enter”
    Click the actual Session folder for the filming session

Your Tech Setup – If Filming With Your Computer

Your Tech Setup – If Filming With Your Computer

STEP 1: Prep your Computer (please do this RIGHT BEFORE our filming session)

  • Close down all open applications on your computer, including quitting programs that run in the background, like Dropbox, Adobe, etc.

  • Make sure that you are connected to a reliable WiFi signal

STEP 2: Setup your equipment (please do this RIGHT BEFORE our filming session)

  • Set up your Computer in your desired filming location

  • Plugin your external microphone (if you’re using one)

  • Set up your lights (if you’re using them)

STEP 3: At our scheduled filming session time, log in to our filming session on your computer

  • From your COMPUTER’S browser, click the private link you were sent in your filming instructions email

    NOTE: you must use Chrome or Firefox browser

  • After you click the link, you will need to:
    Enter your Name
    Enter the unique Session ID
    Click “Allow” to access your camera and microphone
    Click “Enter Session”

STEP 1: Prep your Computer (please do this RIGHT BEFORE our filming session)

  • Close down all open applications on your computer, including quitting programs that run in the background, like Dropbox, Adobe, etc.

  • Make sure that you are connected to a reliable WiFi signal

STEP 2: Setup your equipment (please do this RIGHT BEFORE our filming session)

  • Set up your Computer in your desired filming location

  • Plugin your external microphone (if you’re using one)

  • Set up your lights (if you’re using them)

STEP 3: At our scheduled filming session time, log in to our filming session on your computer

  • From your COMPUTER’S browser, click the private link you were sent in your filming instructions email

    NOTE: you must use Chrome or Firefox browser

  • After you click the link, you will need to:
    Enter your Name
    Enter the unique Session ID
    Click “Allow” to access your camera and microphone
    Click “Enter Session”

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