Filming on an iPad

Quick Guide

Initial ideas to completed video

Here are a few steps that you should follow when undertaking making a video:

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  • Plan your video with a production brief.
  • Write a script with a script template.
  • Create storyboards.
  • Decide on questions if it's interview based.
  • Contact all locations and seek permission if required.
  • Visit any locations and check for any lighting or sound issues.
  • Get all actors or interviewees to sign a legal release form.


  • Become confident with the equipment by practising. Advice for filming on a mobile device.
  • Use the available light to your advantage.
  • Place your subject facing towards the light.
  • Avoid having the main light directly behind your subject.
  • Avoid dark locations as all cameras perform less well in low light.
  • Compose your shot so there's nothing distracting in the frame.
  • Make sure the mobile device is landscape, unless there's a valid reason for it to be portrait.
  • Have the camera on eye level to your subject.
  • Using the rule of thirds is a great way to compose a shot.
  • Avoid moving the camera once you've got it set up.
  • Use a tripod if possible or steady the camera as best you can.
  • Use a mic, if possible, when interviewing.
  • Otherwise get as close as possible to the subject.
  • Choose a location with little background noise, as this will be distracting to the viewer.
  • Always do a test recording of the audio to check the levels.
  • If it is not clear move to a quieter location.


  • Look over all your footage to decide what you'd like to be included and where, this is the best time to look back at your planning documents.
  • Back up your footage.
  • Create a project and name it.
  • Add the clips to the timeline in the order you want.
  • Once you have a rough cut of the video, keep looking over it again and again till you're happy with it.
  • Add in titles, effects and sounds where they are needed.
  • Remember to keep saving your project so you don't lose anything.
  • Export the final video at the highest quality, then compress it if it's needed for upload.

Video Essays

Videos are also a great way to showcase your skills. Learning on Screen has created a guide that will assist you with creating this style of video from start to finish.