Some of our productions involve clients that ask their CEO, Medical Director, Sales Manager, etc. to speak on camera on behalf of their company. Some people panic knowing they will be in front of a camera, but don’t worry, The DVI Group has plenty of experience and lots of suggestions for making you look good on camera.
Here are some DVI tips and suggestions for business professionals to look their best for the camera:
Allow time for the Director to get your best efforts. They know that your time is valuable and will do everything possible to work within your timeframe while still getting the best outcome.
Many business professionals think that because they know their business backwards and forwards, they can simply stand up and talk about it. They think something magical will happen. Nothing could be further from the truth. If you’ve never been in front of a camera before, you may be a little intimidated. Please, relax! We will do everything we can to make your experience enjoyable and fun.
If doing an interview style shoot, we recommend that answers to questions be prepared ahead of time and the interviewee either have a general idea of how those questions will be addressed or memorize what he/she wants to say. It’s ok to bring notes. The Director or Field Producer will ask the interviewee the questions which should be answered by repeating the question within the answer, ie, Question – What is your name? Answer – My name is…
If your message requires that you speak directly to your audience (looking directly into the camera), think of the camera lens as the eye of a friend. When you’re talking to someone, you don’t let your eyes wander all around, if you did, people would not believe you. Look straight at the camera and smile if you can.
Don’t worry about making mistakes on-camera. If a mistake is made or you would like to start over or retake a particular section or answer, just ask right then.
Directors have experience working with both professionals and non-professionals. They are experts in making on-screen talent look good. Listen to their coaching and their suggestions. They have your best interests at heart.
If you find yourself all tight and nervous, you should stretch, count to ten slowly and take deep breaths. See if you can make your nose vibrate from your humming. This is an exercise used by many stage actors. It helps relax the body and produces a more vibrant speaking voice.
Don’t worry…The DVI Group will make you Look Good on Camera!