A guide to filming your child’s birthday party that little bit better

Great Childrens entertainer Worthing

Filming parties

 

Filming parties these days has become the norm with the evolution of digital recording. A moving image is so much more memorable than a still one. I’m seeing an increasing number of parents record their little ones special day. To make this a better film here are some pointers for you.

1.) Switch it off- If you are filming on a mobile phone device ake sure that you have a airplane mode on. If you forget and somebody rings you your footage will be dashed.
2.) Get a tripod – shaky handed footage isn’t impressive. Purchase a tripod to eliminate that problem. Interestingly you can get tripods for phones now. Look on eBay where they are priced reasonably.
3.) Be familiar with your camera – read the instructions that came with it. Those small adjustments and features that may seem insignificant will make a lot of difference to the finished product.
4.) Charge your battery over night – don’t leave it to the day because if you forget you have a problem. If you can purchase a spare battery then do so. They are cheaper online.
5.) Sound capture – this may sound technical but it really isn’t. When I’m recording I use some else’s iPhone to record the sound, placing it next to the action. I then email the sound file to myself and sync it over the video. This gives me a much clearer sound. It may not be necessary but it will make for a better finished product.
6.) Lighting – this is super important. Ensure the light is behind you to avoid shadowing the subject. If it doesn’t look right be prepared to move or move the subject.
7.) Filming height – crouch down and film at the child’s eye level. It makes for a more intimate film at the end.
8.) Editing software – you can spend a lot on editing software. You don’t need to. Simple packages usually suffice.
9.) Back up immediately – if you leave the footage lying around on a memory stick for a few months the chances are you may wipe over it or it could become corrupt. Back it up as soon as you can.
10.) Capture genuine moments – let the guests forget your their and record the party as it’s actually happening and not staged. People tend to act differently when their aware their being filmed
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Great Childrens entertainer Worthing

Some of the balloons i make

I’m occasionally asked by parents what games I do in my parties and it’s always a bit of a mouth full to explain so I have wrote this for greater clarity. To begin with, none of my games are elimination based which means no one is ever ‘out’. This ensures all the children are engaged throughout and are not going to become bored which is very important to me. On to the games!

Character statues
I tell the children to dance and when the music stops to freeze and impersonate a well known character (superheroes, Disney princesses etc). I’ll pick the most creative one each time ensuring that everyone wins. If there are a lot of children, I’ll pick multiple winners each time so by the end they have all won.
Why it’s good
– The children enjoy being on their feet, if they don’t want to pretend to be a character they will usually just  freeze normally so they still feel involved. It’s  easy to understand and we can play it instantly. The children are never bored in this game and are always riveted throughout. It’s been so good over the years.