How To Get Authentic & Emotional B-roll

As filmmakers, we often get so lost in our cameras, lenses, and lights that we totally forget the experience of those we’re filming with.

If we need somebody to smile or laugh we just say ‘okay, like smile…’ and we somehow expect that to lead to something that might work for our film.

But if you’ve tried asking somebody who is a nonreactor to smile or laugh or insert any other emotion, you’ve found that it leads to something mechanical and robotic.

While in Hawaii for production, we wanted to take you behind-the-scenes and show you how we interact with our talent.

In the tutorial, I’ll walk you through 3 powerful techniques you can use on your next production to immediately get stronger broll.

This video is a treasure trove for filmmakers, focusing on the art of capturing authentic and emotional B-roll. If you’re looking to elevate your filmmaking by adding depth and authenticity to your B-roll, this summary will guide you through the key techniques presented in the video. For those who want to cut to the chase and dive into the magic of B-roll, here’s what you need to know:

The Opportunity and Challenge of Filmmaking

  • Translating Experiences: Filmmakers have the opportunity to translate what they see and experience into film, but often get lost in technicalities.
  • Avoiding Fake Emotions: Asking non-actors to smile or laugh often feels fake. The video aims to share three ideas to capture emotional and authentic B-roll.

They Are A Reflection of You

  • Carry the Energy: You and your crew need to carry the energy you’re trying to create. Whether it’s serious or playful, your energy will reflect on the talent.
  • Example Scenarios: The video provides examples like shooting in a spa for a meditative feel and having fun with kids to bring the energy up.

Create Presence

  • Distraction vs. Authenticity: Distraction is the antithesis to authenticity. You need to bring people into the moment.
  • Grounding Exercises: Use grounding exercises like asking them to close their eyes, listen to sounds, or touch things to make them present.

Give Experiences, Not Directions

  • Creating Remarkable Experiences: Instead of giving directions, create experiences that are worth documenting.
  • Examples of Experiences: The video shares examples like playing “I Spy” when looking outside, connecting intimately with couples, and using prompts that evoke real emotions.
  • Favorite Prompts: Some favorite prompts include asking about moments of love, thinking about the happiest days, expressing love without words, and creating real connections.

Whether you’re working on a passion project or a big-budget production, these insights can help you see stories everywhere and create meaningful content that resonates with your audience. 🎥 Feel free to explore the video for a more hands-on experience or reach out if you have any more questions or need further insights! Happy filming!

 

 

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