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Preparing for Your Video Shoot with BHQ

Lights, Camera, Action!

In today’s world of competitive bass fishing, exposure is paramount.  If you want to get noticed by potential sponsors, teach a technique, provide a fishing report or promote current sponsors and/or yourself, video is a useful tool in which to accomplish these tasks.  Unless you have the gift of gab and/or have had previous video experience, being in front of the camera can be a daunting task.  Be prepared to shoot multiple takes, forget your lines and stumble a bit.  In order to keep viewers interested, it is important to appear professional and organized.  In this article we will give you a few tips to prepare for your video shoot and make the best of your time in front of the camera.

Aaron refers back to his script

Create a Script
Having an outline or verbatim script of your topic will help you organize your thoughts and minimize retakes.  Your outline/script should include any details and points you want to cover during the video shoot.  Make sure you rehearse and have your script/outline handy so you can refer to it before and during your shoot.  This will help you appear professional and alleviate unnecessary and annoying fillers like “ums” and “ahs”.

Aaron has taken the time to clean his boat and have a clean Jersey.

 

Physical Appearance
Whether you are doing a product/service/technique video or an all day shoot, you want to make sure you look your best.  I know this a cliché, but first impressions are everything, so make sure you shower, shave (or if you have a beard it is trimmed up), your clothes are clean, and if you are not wearing a hat, that your hair looks good.  Take the time to make sure your boat is clean and organized.  Pick up used baits, pieces of cut line and ensure your rods are organized on the deck or not on the deck at all.  Always wear your jersey!  This is a must during product or service videos as well as filming on the water all day.  You never know when you will catch a hawg, so you need to be prepared. Looking professional is the goal and by doing so, viewers and sponsors will take notice.

(NOTE FROM BHQ: We spent 3 days on the water with Aaron capturing 100’s of photos and a ton of video footage for use in videos for later release. He wore his Jersey ALL DAY EVERY DAY!)

Some of the products that were represented in a video.

Props
This is an easy one… Make sure you have your props.  When promoting a product, make sure it is on hand and visible to viewers.  If you are promoting a service, shoot the video at the company’s location.  When shooting a technique video, have all the gear needed for the specific technique you are demonstrating.

Being prepared and looking professional will improve your confidence in front of the camera, draw viewers in and keep them watching.  By following these tips, your next video shoot will be more productive and you will look like a seasoned professional in front of the camera.

Until next time, stay focused, fish hard and I’ll see you on the water.