How important is b-roll and what do you need to do to ensure you’re getting what you need?
In the craziness of capturing all of your principal photography, b-roll can sometimes fall by the wayside, but don’t let it! As we’ve said before, b-roll is the glue that holds your footage together, so it’s important to know what to capture, how to capture it, and how to use it when it comes time to edit it all together in post. In this video, Peter McKinnon gives you some excellent tips on shooting and utilizing your supplemental footage. Check it out below:
The kind of b-roll you’ll be shooting depends entirely on the kind of project you’re working on. In the video, McKinnon uses his own vlogging style as an example, which requires footage of him using his cameras and drones in the field. This makes sense considering the fact that he is making a piece about shooting photographs in a forest, but for your own work, you’ll have to figure out what kind of story you’re telling, as well as what kind of piece it’s a part of.