Home movies are an invaluable way to create family memories that will last for years to come, but have you ever thought about taking your home movies to the next level? Instead of just turning your camcorder on and off and transferring the footage to a DVD, why not put some more thought into creating a story? By thinking through the processes like you would if you were to storyboard a film, you’ll find that your home movies will become way more meaningful in the future. Here are some tips on how you can storyboard your next home movies.

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Develop a Concept

Before you go tape your twelve-year-old’s dance recital, think about what type of memories you want to create. Maybe you want to turn your son’s football game into a high energy ESPN worthy highlight video? Or your daughter’s birthday party could be edited to look like the opening to The Wonder Years. Think outside the box to create a concept that will be more meaningful to you and your family years down the road.

Know Your Must Have Shots

If you’re taking video of an event you’re familiar with, like a dance recital, yearly family gathering or baseball game, think about some shots that you know you can get that will be critical to your memories. For instance, plan on getting a shot of your daughter’s face when she hears the wild applause after her piano solo. Make sure to catch your son’s nervous habit before he takes a free throw. Years down the road, these are going to be the memories that will keep you smiling, so don’t miss out on them!

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Don’t miss out on moments like these! 

Use Multiple Perspectives

A big mistake with home movies is the “set it and forget it” syndrome. You go to your child’s gymnastics meet, you set up the tripod, put the camera on it, and have it set wide out to capture all the action. And then you just leave it there. Forever. Don’t do this. Before you go to the event, think of some fun and creative angles you can get. Don’t be afraid to move the camera around. Most places won’t mind and you’ll be able to capture a more personal experience on tape. And the other parents? They’ll think you’re the coolest one there when they see the awesome video you’ve put together for the end of the season banquet!

Be Flexible

Picturing a basic beginning, middle and end to your home movies is a crucial step in creating well organized memories, but don’t forget that you need to be flexible, too. Something may happen that you weren’t prepared for that could change the entire tone of your movie. Don’t sweat it, you’re a home movie making pro! Capture all of those spontaneous memories and then think out the storyboard process again before you start editing.

Don’t Push It

Let’s face it, though it is fun to publicly embarrass your teenagers, there is a limit. If you’re getting some major attitude or things just are not playing out the way you want, it is okay to abandon ship. You want your memories to be positive, so don’t let your amazing movie making skills stand in the way of having a fun time with your family.

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 When you get this face, it is time to abort the mission. 

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