Video Planning Tips

Video planning is perhaps the most critical step to producing a successful video. Regardless of what the intent of your project is it will be beneficial to follow the video production process before you begin. Whether you are recording a film to be viewed by thousands or simply putting together a video for the family you will appreciate this informative information. Video planning involves several steps. These steps are necessary for creating a quality video production. The most important decisions about your video are made during the planning process. These decisions affect everything that follows, all the way through to video sharing. Following the steps on this page and creating a Video Planning Guide will help you prepare for your next video.


Ask Yourself Some Questions

You'll want to ask yourself these questions to determine some important aspects about your video production before your start planning.

  • What is the goal of the video?
  • Who is the intended audience?
  • Who will be in the video?
  • Who will assist you with the video?
  • What filming style will you use?
  • What do you want to happen in the video?
  • What is the story you are trying to tell?

Create a Plan Around Each of These Principles

•    Equipment
You'll need to know what equipment you will need for filming. Once you have determined this you can figure out if there are any pieces of equipment you do not have so that you can obtain it. If you don't have all of the devices you need you may find yourself fumbling through the entire process. Make a list of the Equipment you'll need so that you're fully prepared for any situation.

•    Scenes 
Putting together your scenes helps you to create an initial building block for your filming guidelines. Creating a list of scenes is also a great way to start piecing together the story you'd like to tell.

•    Action
Awareness of the action which will take place in the video allows you to prepare any props or effects that you will need. This also is a great way to determine who will be needed to complete your film (a criminal, a stuntman, or a soccer team). The different types of action used in the film also allows you to create highs and lows in the story.

•    Location
The location of the video is extremely important. You'll need to choose a location that fits in with the storyline. Once the location is chosen you'll need to be aware of the environment of where you are filming. Where and when will the filming take place? During the daytime? At night? Does it rain or snow frequently? All of these things need to be taken into account before and after you have picked a location.

•    Shots
You need to determine what shots you want to get to create your film. Close ups, wide shots, and everything in between. Match up your shots with your scenes or take notes to determine just when your shots will occur. getting your shot list in order gives you a path to travel when producing your video.

•    Lighting
You'll need to know how many lights you'll need before you get started. Not having enough light for your project can be a tragedy. You'll need to know how many lights you'll need and where they will be placed in each scene and every shot. A good video lighting diagram can help you with this.

•    Camera Angle
The camera angle used for each shot is important. The angle used can add depth or create distance from your subject. Make sure you have the desired camera angle recorded for every shot in your shot list. Take the necessary time to walk through and set up your shot so you get the right camera angle and avoid any common video mistakes.


Creating a plan is a smart way to summarize and keep track of your entire video. Print a copy of our Video Planning Guide to help you get your plan underway.


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