Capturing Live Events

Capturing Live Events

Capturing Live Events is said to be one of the hardest things you can do as a Videographer! Look away for one second and you could miss a vital bit of the action. So how do you make sure that doesn’t happen and you don’t have to run around like a headless chicken for the whole day?


My answer to this is simple: PLANNING! Plan, plan and then plan some more, make sure you sit down with the event organiser well before the event and have them send you over a ‘run-list’ of the event ahead of this meeting. That way you have an idea of what’s going on during the day.


Your next step will be to ask the event organiser what they are wanting from the video and get a clear idea of what they deem to be the most important parts of the day. Those are your “must have” shots and you must ensure those are captured as a minimum requirement and to organise any interviews that need to be conducted during the day.


Once you have planned out your day and ideally have your shot list. It’s always wise (where you can) to organise with the event organiser for you to get their ahead of the event starting to ensure you can scope out the location (if you couldn’t access it before the day of the event). This also allows you to start shooting any ‘B-Roll’ of the venue or other things that would be tricky to capture once the event has started. This way you are already ahead of the game and stops you having to rush to get shots and gives you more time to focus on getting the “money” shots of the actual event.


Make sure you back up throughout the day, you don’t want to be that guy that gets done shooting and pops the SD card in the computer only to find half the files are corrupt. Its a live event so often thats your only shot at getting the footage, so backing up throughout the day is crucial!


Make sure you get all the shots on your shot list, and always remember its always better to have too much footage rather than too little footage to edit with so make sure you capture as much as you can, from as many angles as you can.


Hopefully some of the guidance above can help any budding videographers avoid some of the pitfalls which can befall first-time event shooters. Keep your eyes peeled for more posts coming with some editing tips for live events in the near future. In the mean while check out our latest event videography of the Greenhouse event in Guildford, Surrey.

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