Once you’re starting to feel more confidence in your scooter riding ability, videos can take your passion to the next level. Other people all over the world who are part of the scooter community can be introduced to you. A strong video is essential part of getting sponsorships, auditioning for teams, or just exposing your love and your talent to the wider world. There are a few simple tips that can help push your video to the next level and be something that is going to capture our attention.
1) Have the camera move
Videos should accurately represent the high energy and rapid movement of the scooter riding experience. Just having people move around while the camera sits still on a tripod is way too boring! Instead, the shooter should move around with the rider, and follow him or her, so the viewer gets a feeling of full immersion in the riding experience. This means using a diversity of shooting techniques, including a wide-angle lens to capture the full scene, and then zooming in on a close detailed shot of the action. Don’t be afraid to change your point of view often to keep things interesting. One really useful tool for the camera is a top handle cage, a series of rods and screws that can support the camera and give the shooter a lot more freedom of movement. With a top handle, the shooter can get a lot more freedom of movement, even riding along on a bike, so it feels like we’re right there.
2) Mix it Up!
Friends who already recognize your awesomeness may be content to just see cool tricks, but if you want to stand out among the thousands of scooter videos on Youtube and Vimeo, you need to be different from what else has been done before. The worst thing a scooter video can be is identical one that already exists. Watch other people’s videos, not with an eye to imitating them, but trying to figure out what you can do differently, what will make you stand out. Think about what you can do to put a unique spin on a trick, and find a way to feature it so your video will stand out. If you have time, try more then one type of scene, so we can see you riding on both a pretty natural street scene, some more gritty urban landscapes, and in a more focused and intense skate park. Use your creativity and experiment with how you can best feature doing what you love in a way that is uniquely yours.
3) Edit the footage and combine with music to tell a story
Start out with slow shots of the landscape, and do some filler shots to capture the riders’ personalities. Don’t just do the same tricks over and over, but show a wide variety of things, and take advantage of cross-fades and different types of shots to keep things moving. Start out with some simpler stuff, and let things build up so the truly impressive shredding will feel all that more amazing.
Music can add a lot to the intensity of a scooter edit, helping to further draw the viewer in and experience how exciting a trick can be. If a hard driving song can be timed to match the intensity of a well-performed trick, the combination can be a pure adrenalin rush that can’t help but draw in the viewer. This means listening carefully to songs over the footage. Low-key moments in the video should be accompanied by low-key music, so that as the intensity of the riding increases, we feel it in the soundtrack as well.
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