I do all my filming in a meeting room. I like to think of it as 'my office' but I'm not sure anyone else agrees.
Anyway, every Tuesday morning, I pop into the meeting room and turn it into a filming studio. I've learned a lot from doing this every week, and made a few adjustments to make sure I am as efficient as I can be.
Here are a few things that I have learned...
Leave things set up
At first, I was always inclined to put all of my equipment away after using it. It seemed to make sense as I've always done that for filming on-location.
In an office however, this isn't necessary. I have saved at least 10-15 minutes by just leaving my lights set-up in the corner of the meeting room.
People don't mind seem to mind because:
- They are relatively small and compact so they aren't in the way.
- The equipment gives the impression to outsiders that we are committed to video as we have our own studio.
- It can be a good conversation starter with external clients.
So if your boss doesn't mind, keep that stuff set up so when it comes to filming, you just slide them into position.
Pull down backdrop
I've been using a paper backdrop ever since I discovered Wistia. However, for the first year I had to manually set up the backdrop onto lighting stands and then put it away after every use. There just wasn't any wall I could stick it on.
Then we moved office and started looking into alternative solutions which is where I find the pull down mechanism.
Once again, this is a huge time-saver! It takes 2 seconds to pull it down (rather than the 10 minutes it took before just to set it up before).
I never rely on natural lighting to light my videos, I also never let it interfere with my filming.
A very easy way to get it out of the way is with blackout blinds. These sit nicely over any existing blinds that you might have in your office and are perfect.
Quiet room - far away from the noise
I never expect people to keep quiet when I'm filming in the office. It's unfair to get them to work differently just for me. Instead, the meeting room that I film in is far enough away from any noise.
Where possible, try and keep yourself away from people working, phones ringing and doors banging. This way you never have to politely ask people to 'shhhhhhh'.
Consistent filming times (where possible)
If you do find that you are 'close to the action' in the office, try filming at consistent times during the day or week. When people get used to your filming schedule they will know when to be a little more cautious about banding doors or having loud conversations.
This also can be helpful for presenters in your videos (if you use your office colleagues). If they are aware you will always be filming on a Tuesday morning from 10 to 11, they can keep that free for you.
Take your time
You are filming in your own office! What's the rush?
Book the room for an extra hour (or even all day) and just take your time with filming. You aren't paying for the location so there is no harm staying there until things are perfect.
I really hope these have helped you! In the comments below, let me know if there is anything that I have missed.