Home Movies – Less is more

With home movies, less is certainly more. You don’t want to be one of those people that press record as soon as their holidays start and don’t press stop until their holidays is over..

You need to be selective about what you film and what you don’t. And that’s for 3 reasons.

Firstly, the more content you have, the less likely you are to do anything with it. Secondly the longer your videos are the less likely you are to watch it and share it with other people. And thirdly the more you’ll annoy your friends and family when you’re in their face all the time filming it.  So, you need to choose when to film and when not to film.


Film in Shots

A technique that will help you do that is to film in shots. That’s because when you do this it forces you to think about what you’re doing rather than being lazy and just hitting record on everything.

It also means that when it comes to editing your video story you can combine shots together to create sequences that tell stories. A prime example of this is starting off with a wide shot of the location say outside of a building before you cut into a shot taken inside. Doing this helps to tell a story by letting your audience know where you are, it gives them a context.


Now, when you’re filming a shot you need to consider the following:

  • When you hit record, you need hold your shoot for at least 6 seconds. Doing this will ensure that you have enough footage to edit later.
  • Where possible film your shots from different angles, as if you cut between footage shot from the same angle it can look a little odd. Having different angles will also help make your videos more interesting.
  • And If possible don’t move around too much while your filming, no one likes shaky footage.

The 9 Rules of Home Videos

Less is more, is the first rule of our 9 Rules of Mobile Video Story Telling. 

The other rules include:
2. Tell me a Story
3. Your holding it wrong
4. To Zoom or not to Zoom?
5. I can’t hear you
6. Follow the light
7. Hold it still
8. Copyright & Consent

To learn more about this rules, check out our Family Video Stories course.