Video Production Basics: 4 Ways to Make a Nervous Speaker More Comfortable

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When filming a video production, it is best to either hire professional actors or work with employees who are extremely comfortable in front of the camera. However, there are many instances where you might need to film someone who is a bit uneasy on set. For example, some customers may be nervous filming their testimonial, while some corporate higher ups may need help connecting with the camera. Here are four quick ways to help make nervous speakers more comfortable while filming your next Orlando video production:


1) Ease into the First Take


The traditionally expected call of “Lights, Camera, Action!” probably will not occur on your set, but announcing the first official take has been known to set off nerves. To help ease the transition between practicing and performing, let the actors know that the camera is running as they practice delivering lines or walking through a scene. Eliminating the “big moment” of starting filming will help your actors become and stay more comfortable in front of the camera.


2) Smooth Out the Script


Did you outsource your script, or did a team member in another department write it? Let your actors see and give feedback on the script well in advance. Adjusting some of the words used could help with delivery, pacing, and diction. The script should contain natural, everyday language that is practiced but not over-rehearsed. To help keep the production feeling authentic, make sure your actors retain their personal tone and pacing throughout each take.


3) Use Teleprompters


Are you afraid that your actors or on-screen employees might have difficulty delivering a clean take? Whether a lackluster delivery is caused by trouble memorizing lines or simple nervousness on set, redoing takes can be time-consuming and costly. Instead, talk to your camera crew about setting up a teleprompter. Set just to one side of the main camera, the teleprompter’s clear text and seamless scrolling can help actors deliver their lines with ease.


4) Limit On-Set Surprises


In many cases, nervousness during a video production comes from not knowing what to expect. Let your actors know the schedule and expectations well in advance. There is still room for flexibility, as there must be in any video production, but you should try to approach any major changes gently. You can also help actors or interviewees become more comfortable on location by:

  • Introducing them to the camera and production crew
  • Telling them about some of the equipment and how it works
  • Limiting the sometimes daunting amount of equipment used
  • Demonstrate an example shot or walk them through how it will be done


Taking these extra steps can help greatly reduce nerves on set. However, do you need more help getting the shots you need from an anxious or inexperienced speaker? Our Orlando video production company, NG Production Films, has over 15 years of experience working with actors of all types. Whether you are filming an interview, client testimonial, or quote from the upper management, we can help you capture the content you need. Call us today at (877) 203-2895 for more information and a free, no-obligation consultation.