Dance videos are no longer only seen on MTV. Nowadays, you can find dance videos on just about every internet platform, from YouTube to Instagram, Facebook, Tik Tok, and more. And everyone has a camera in their pocket ready to film a video at just the click of a button. But if you want your dance video to stand out from the crowd, it is worth putting a little extra thought into how you are going to achieve what you want to with it. Today’s video showcasing Synkiz and her students is a great example of the subtle changes you can make that will help your dance video truly shine.
Many dance videos that you will see on the internet have one single shot, with the camera on a tripod and the dancers doing their thing in front of it. What makes Synkiz’s video different is that it is edited with different shots. There is the standard front-facing shot, yes, which allows you to see the choreography in its entirety. But interspersed with that are walkaround shots and closeups showing the dancers from different angles. This is a classic film technique that helps the viewer to stay interested and engaged in the video and with a bit of thought and planning, you can do the same for yours.
The setting, framing, and lighting are also important. With the front-facing shot in Synkiz’s video, the framing perfectly centers all of the dancers. The lighting doesn’t cast any strange shadows which could detract from the dancing. And the setting is clean, crisp, and clutter-free. Because of these choices, the viewers’ eyes are drawn to the dancing rather than anything else in the frame. And this is what you should be aiming for with your dance video.
It isn’t just about the camera choices, however. The dance choices also have a lot to do with the success of a dance video. In Sunkiz’s video, all of the dancers are dressed in matching neutral colors. This means that the viewer is confused with what they need to be looking at. The dancers are placed perfectly and the choreography is delivered perfectly. All of these elements mean that the viewer can just sit back and relax while watching, without their eyes being drawn to inconsistencies, weird placements, or distracting colors.
When you’re ready to shoot your own dance videos, getting these little details right can help to showcase your dancers/dancing in the way it deserves to be.
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