Look from a new angle. Pick a story to show in scenes. Watch for details in other videos. Recreate favorite moments. Share works in progress.
Get started by brainstorming stories you might want to tell through video. What's been on your mind? What are you interested in? Write down a list of possible topics, and see if there are any connections between them that you think are interesting.
Start collecting examples of videos that inspire you. Keep a journal about what you like about them. Be specific about parts that stand out to you, such as the words, sounds, images, and camera movements.
Get comfortable with the basics of filming by challenging yourself to a Camera Shot Treasure Hunt. Using a video camera or a phone camera, film your room or neighborhood from lots of different angles: worm's eye, bird's eye, slow zoom, framed. Try this shot list.
Pick a topic that you'd like to focus on to make a short video (1-3 minutes long). What do you want your audience to see and hear through? Plan out the different scenes that you want to capture. Where will you shoot the video? Where will you place the camera to get the frame you want? Draw inspiration from your journal of videos.
Shoot your scenes and put together a rough cut of the video. You can use a video editing program or app on your phone. Show this rough cut to a few of your friends or family and ask for their ideas for how to make it better. Ask them to be detailed – the best way to improve is to practice working with audience feedback! Try adding new scenes or new editing techniques based on your conversations.
Keep pushing yourself to try new techniques. Pick two of your favorite parts of other videos you've seen (film, music videos, ads or commercials), and try to recreate them on your own. Think about all of the parts of those videos: visuals, sound, lighting, camera angle and movement, editing. Create a first version and then share with an audience for feedback.
Using some of the new techniques you've practiced, start work on a longer video (3-7 minutes long). Pick a topic, plan out the scenes, and prepare for your shoot. Consider adding more people in this video as actors or in interviews. Pay attention to how your camera work can help tell the story. Shoot at least one scene from a perspective you haven't tried before. Keep watching other videos for inspiration, and ask for constructive feedback!