The Shot List is below the Shooting and Upload Instructions
PLEASE NOTE: This is the only page that includes information on how to upload footage to Virmedius for “The Haunted Tapes.” By uploading footage you agree to the Virmedius Terms and Conditions listed below:
- You need permission to enter the location you are filming.
- Virmedius and it’s Owners / Producers are not held liable or responsible for any legal matters including but not limited to injury, sickness, illness, property damages, breaking and entering, trespassing, theft, arrests, illegal substances on premises, fees, court fees, etc.
- You own the masters to your music but you grant Virmedius permission to add your music to your episode of “The Haunted Tapes.” Virmedius owns the copyright to the video we produce and edit.
- If you are a minor you must have parental consent.
Shooting and Upload Instructions
You will be shooting everything on your phone to give it a Documentary / Found Footage feel. You will be uploading the footage from your phone to Google Drive. This is very simple if you get the free Google Drive App on your phone. Follow the steps below and we will be able to download all the footage and edit.
SHOT LIST OPTION 1:
This is for the people only shooting the quick video of themselves playing their song at the location. This is just a guide. As you begin filming you will have ideas so feel free to get creative!
- Single shots B ROLL of objects near the haunted location
- Here’s an example – look at the time 00:09 – 00:20 – This director does a great job of painting the picture of where they are, even though the locations aren’t great, the shots are still very artistic.
- Arriving at the location
- While walking up tell us the name of the location and where it’s located
- Find a room to play your music
- Play your song once through cleanly with the camera one you.
- Move the camera to another location but still pointed at you then play the song all the way through again.
- Walk around the location for a minute and tell a little bit of the history, then tell some of the ghost stories tied to the location. Maybe you hear something? 🙂 Hopefully something spooky happens.
- Then get a shot of you leaving and you’re all set!
SHOT LIST OPTION 2:
This is for the people that are wanting the longer video of them playing and writing at the location. This is just a guide. As you begin filming you will have ideas so feel free to get creative!
- MORE B ROLL
- Find multiple places around the property of something really interesting, could be pretty, could be ugly…but make sure the shot is interesting. Hold the camera in one spot for 10 seconds and film.
- Get a really nice exterior shot of the location. A shot to showcase where you are.
- Exploring the location
- Finding a room to write music
- If you can light the room with some interesting colored lights that might look cool
- Setting up your laptop, acoustic, any equipment you have
- Record 2 passes of you playing a full song that you already have recorded.
- Starting to write, tell the camera about your process. How do you write? Do you write the music first or the lyric? Do you gravitate towards sad or happy songs?
- While you are talking, working, writing…maybe something spooky happens…even if it’s a little noise in the distance, make notice of it. Remember, some of the people watching this will not know you yet, so you need to keep their attention so they continue to watch and become your biggest fan. If you hear a sound, make sure you react to it!! Break the fourth wall with the the camera and let them know what you are hearing and experiencing “I just heard something in another room…” While filming the Syfy show one of the funniest things I remember was that would hear something in the distance and not react to it because we knew it was just a dump truck or something. But the producers would always tell us to react because the audience is going to say “Did they not hear that noise just then?!”
- You explore the location to see if you can find out what the noise was…do not turn on the lights, just use a flashlight, this is a lot scarier for the audience.
- While you are walking around, talk about some of the history of the location then stop where ever you are in the location and tell the camera / audience about some of the ghost stories / paranormal claims tied to the location. You don’t have to be cheesy, but try to build the tension just a little bit. Keep the audience on the edge of their seats.
- Start walking back to the room where you are writing
- While you are walking back. Get a couple quick 15 – 20 second shots of different rooms and hallways. Do not pan the camera, hold the camera as still as you can so that we can cut back and forth as if you left a steady cam in a room.
- Maybe use some of the history of the location, or your experiences at the location so far to include in your song
- Play the song and record what you have so far on your phone (a different phone from the camera filming you)
- Play back the song on the phone and see if you can hear anything “paranormal” on playback. Make sure to be filming yourself when you listen to the playback…the audience wants to see your authentic reactions, even if nothing happens.
- To wrap it up, get a long shot of you carrying out your gear. Have this shot last at least 15 seconds so we can have some of your voice over and the song playing during your exit.