POV Video Project
- A video camera (this can be a phone/tablet camera, or a camcorder, etc)
- Editing software or an editing app (see the Technical Guide)
This video challenge is perfect for movie makers who love to roam free with their cameras!
This challenge is all about showing life from a character’s Point of View, which means that the camera shows the audience exactly what their own eyes would see.
1. Pick a “Theme”
Here are some suggestions, but you can work with your own ideas too…
The FA Cup Final
You can use POV shots to tell the exciting journey of a football
soaring into the goal, or a player trying to evade tackles from the other team.
POV shots can be used to great effect to show love and romance, so you could make a romance movie…
Love the idea, but hate romance? Why not use the same technique to show a love of food, like Bruce Bogtrotter’s famous chocolate cake scene from Matilda.
POV shots are used a lot in impressionistic styles of filmmaking. Experiment with using soft focus and Extreme Closeups (XCUs) to convey lots of atmosphere and give your movie an art film feel.
2. Plan and Rehearse Your Shots
Decide whether to include a series of POV shots, or one continuous ‘long take’.
Plan your shots out either using a storyboard or by rehearsing in your filming space.
You might choose to include some additional non-POV shots in your sequence, if it helps to tell your story.
3. Shoot Your Movie
Once you’ve planned out your shot(s), it’s time to get shooting.
POV shots work best hand-held (not on a tripod), but try to move steadily and slowly enough that your audience can see what’s going on.
Consider whose POV you’re filming from. Try to position the camera at the right height and angle. For instance, the POV of a cat is very different from the POV of a human. Position your camera as close as you can to the position of your character’s eyes.
4. Edit your movie
Upload your footage to your editing programme. Then order your shots into a sequence, or trim as you’d like them to appear.
Apply any video or sound effects, and add in any music you’d like to accompany your movie.
We’d love to see your work. If you make any POV videos, you can share them online (with parent’s permission). Just use the hashtag #SparksMovieMaking to share them with us and we’ll be able to find your movie.
Happy Movie Making!
You can use any camera that will record video for this activity, such as a phone, a tablet, or a camcorder. Lighter cameras (such as a phone) that are easier to hold and move are helpful for this challenge.
You only need basic editing software for this video.
Look for Windows Movie Maker on a PC (it should come free) or iMovie for Mac (which comes included).
If you’re working on a phone or tablet, you can download iMovie from the App store.
You can find copyright free music from the YouTube music library, or we also love Kevin McLeod’s collection at www.incompetech.com.
You can use all of these tracks for free, just remember to credit the creator.