Filmmaker Simeon Quarrie's expert advice on the key factors that help to make great videos

The Video Mode caught up with Canon Explorer Simeon Quarrie at our recent filmmaking workshop at Pinewood Studios and asked him for his top tips for ensuring you can get the best results from your videos. Simeon is an internationally known filmmaker and photographer who travels globally to produce creative storytelling in his videos for some of the biggest brands in the world.

According to Simeon here are just some of the main areas you should be considering if you want to produce great films:

The importance of sound
As well as shooting stunning footage, quality sound is absolutely key for great videos. Simeon explains, “Sound is something that totally transforms a piece [of video]. It could be music that goes under a piece or a voice but it’s a really key essential as video is about the visuals but also about the sound.”

Moving your camera
Unlike stills photography one of the main considerations when shooting video is how you move your camera to capture dynamic footage. Simeon says, “It’s about moving the camera or having a subject move in front of the camera. Don’t underestimate the power of panning or tilting or moving the camera back and forth!”

In any video you’ll need to tell a story – whether it’s a just recounting a family outing, a short film or a longer form production. Simeon reveals, “Video doesn’t work without having some type of story or reason for existing. Once you find out that story or what you want to convey to the audience you then go about creating a series of shots that allows you to do that.”

Quality of light
In a similar way to photography light is essential to video. Simeon notes, “LED light allows you to start to craft a story or craft the visuals. If you’re going to work with light remember you have control of position and maybe the ability to choose the colour. Think about your choice of colour and see how you can use that to creatively move the visual aesthetic of your piece forward.”

Camera use
Simeon advises, “Get to understand your camera! Have a play and don’t be afraid to flip the mode to video!”

Watch and find out more…
To discover more of Simeon Quarrie’s best advice just click on the play button in the window at the top of this article to watch the top tips film. You can also find out more about Simeon Quarrie’s work by visiting his website – to do so just click here.