One of the best things I've found that makes us better is recording what we do behind the scenes. Often we look at just the final product and review that, but a true indicator of where we are and how we got there is recording the behind the scenes. For us, one of the ways we do that is by recording our multiview and our clearcom communication. This way, we can see the final product, but we can also see what lead to the final product.
For Video Directors, recording your multiview and clearcom is arguably essential to getting better. There's no better tool out there that I'm aware of that makes you better. For this specific example, this was Jacob's first major event video directing. Overall he did fantastic as the end result was great, but what better way to learn and get better than by hearing yourself and watching yourself direct.
As I've watched myself direct in years past, there is one key element to it. You have to watch back after the event high. Meaning, wait a week before you watch it back, get out of the moment, and put yourself in the shoes of someone watching for the first time. Then, put yourself in the shoes of one of your camera operators. How did your direction come across? Did you give enough direction? Did you give too much direction? Did you help or hurt your camera ops? Did you speak with respect but at the same time with authority as a director?
Someone asked the question once, do you let your camera ops decide what shots are going to be taken? For those of you seeing one of our videos for the first time, it's important to note that this was a one night event, but before that we had probably 4 run throughs by the time it was all said and done. So, there's not a whole lot of direction in the event video, because by this time through all the cam ops and video directors are on the same page.
Anyway, without further ado, here's our multiview from Summer Splash '18. There's definitely things we would have done differently, such as camera placement during the opener, but that's what these things are for!