What do you do when you desperately want to film something but you don’t have a tripod? You raid the garage and build your own.
When I filmed my first video, I used a footstool and a hot pink bendy tripod and I sat down on the grass in the back yard.
This time, I wanted to film at my new desk which is actually our old entertainment unit that my husband upcycled, recycled…. well, he cylced it. I now have my own little spot to work with new speakers and a new printer for when I make my first sale on Etsy – c’mon first sale. I also have second monitor so I can drag a window on my laptop playing TV across onto this bigger monitor. It’s all very Abbey’s lab on NCIS or Garcia’s room on Criminal Minds.
I wanted to film a video for Finding Firelight – an art tutorial to put on YouTube. I needed my camera to be up high, looking down on my desk – I wasn’t doing this on the floor! So I had to make something that would be up high enough. And the only thing I could find was an esky, a footstool and an empty box the new computer speakers came in.
And so, like a precarious game of Jenga, I built myself a tripod.
A heavy steady esky. A footstool that was wider than the esky precariously balanced on top – it slipped to the side a couple of times, luckily without the camera sitting on it at the time. Then the empty box was on top, nudged towards the edge of the footstool. It was very light, so I was a little worried about it. I then put the camera with the little pink tripod on top of that. I had to tilt the camera and lower the front of the tripod so it would look down a little on my work space. Which meant I had it weighted quite heavily close to the edge of the very light empty box.
“Please don’t fall off, please don’t fall off”.
Sometimes you just gotta cross your fingers and hope for the best.
I started filming and it went quite well. I watched it back and realized there were too many photos on the memory, so the video had stopped recording part way through. Damn you little point and shoot camera. So I had to download all the photos off and start again. Probably just as well – every time I picked something up to show the camera, I hadn’t held it quite low enough – so it only partly showed in the top of the screen. Rookie mistake.
I was a little nervous – I had prepped some “here’s one I prepared earlier” elements and I only had one left. (I had three backups, but only one more of the one I really wanted to use). This one went much better, thank goodness. I even held stuff in the middle of the shot so you could actually see it. I’ll let you know when I’ve finished all the editing stuff and it’s ready for it’s premiere.
As I’ve said before – start where you are with what you have.
What I had was an esky, a footstool and an empty box.