Shooting comedy video wih phone might help to cut down on the cost of hiring a cinematographer and editor who will assist in the shooting and editing of your comedy skits.
Mark Angel comedy is one of the comedy houses in Nigeria that came to the limelight by shooting their comedy videos with a phone.
But when attempting to shoot a comedy video with a phone there are basic steps you have to take in order to achieve clear video and audio clips for your comedy skits, and those steps are what am going to reveal to you in this article if only you will exercise patience and read it to the very end.
So without any waste of time, let us get started with this article.
How to shoot comedy video with phone.
If you want to shoot your comedy video with phone, make sure you follow the steps I am going to list and explain below:
- Choose the best phone type.
- Use either landscape or portrait mode.
- Frame your subjects with the right shot angles.
- Make your phone steady while shooting.
- Use a lapel mic for sound clarity.
- Take multiple shots and always play them back after each shoot.
- Use the best video editing app.
1. Choose the best phone type.
Phone type really plays a vital role when it comes to shooting comedy video with phone, and all thanks to the Apple company that has made the iPhone the best choice when it comes to shooting a comedy skit with phone.
But this does not mean that you cannot shoot your comedy skit with a smartphone, the only thing you have to do is to test run the video on the type of smartphone you want to use in shooting your comedy skit. But with an iPhone there is no need to rest run because it’s quality has always been known to be the best.
One of the things I like about shooting comedy skit with a phone is the ease and convenience it brings. Phones are usually portable, lightweight, and always at hand, and this makes it very easy to film and edit your videos on the go.
Another thing I like about using a phone to shoot comedy skits is that you won’t be required to be a professional cinematographer or undergo any form of training before you can use it.
2. Use either landscape or portrait mode on all your clips.
Before you start shooting your comedy video clips, make sure you decide on the mode you are going to use for all those clips. If you start with a landscape which is the horizontal mode, make sure you use that throughout your video clips.
Shooting your comedy video in the landscape mode will offer you a wider field of view, and makes it easy for you to capture more subjects within the frame. This kind of mode is great when you are filming a scene that requires more subject or if you want to create a broader perspective in your video clips.
On the other hand, if you are shooting your comedy skits for social media platforms like Instagram or TikTik, make sure you are using the portrait mode, because everyone on those platforms tends to be using this type of mode.
The only rule you will have to keep is not to be versatile and switch between landscape and vertical mode, on a particular comedy skit you are shooting.
So while you are not limiting yourself to just one mode, ensure you explore both orientations and choose the one that’s best for your content and audience.
3. Frame your subjects with the right shot angles.
Even though most of these shots can be achieved with a camera, you can equally position your phone to achieve most of them and make your video more creative.
You can read the aticle below to study the types of camera shots and angles and adopt them into your comedy videoo shoot with a phone.
4. Make your phone steady while shooting.
Phones have the tencdency to shake when you are holding it with your hand to shoot videos because it is very lightweight.
So to make your videos steady, you can use a tripod stand that will help you to place your phone. But if you are using an iPhone you won’t have any problem with the phone shaking because iPhones are usually steady when hooting videos with it.
5. Use a lapel mic for sound clarity.
When shooting your comedy skit with a phone, do not depend on capturing the audio with your phone, rather use a lapel mic to help you achieve your audio clarity.
Remember that if your audio is not sounding good, it will make your audience unable to hear what your actors are saying and in the end will make some of them lose the interest in watching your comedy skits no matter how interesting they might seem to be.
6. Take multiple shots and always play them back after each shoot.
To avoid going back to re-shoot your videos because of one mistake or the other, always ensure you take multiple shots and play each of them back after every take.
Playing back your video clips will help you to spot the mistakes that might call for a re-shoot.
7. Use the best video editing app.
After shooting your comedy video clips on phone, make sure you have the best app that will help you to edit them and add the captions, effects, sound effects etc. that your video will require.
If you are shooting with an iPhone, I will recommend CapCut Video Editing App which I personally use to edit my own videos.
The app has a one-time purchase and once you buy it you will have access to the kinds of effects you need for your video editing.