Making videos is something I’ve been doing for quite a while, though mostly on vacations. But when the 2019 campaigns for the provincial and EU elections came around, I knew this would be my way to make a difference.
I wanted these videos to look and sound more professional than your average local campaign video. So I spent quite a bit of time researching all kinds of topics related to videography: how to properly expose video on a Sony A6300, editing techniques for Adobe Premiere Pro, cinematography (I can recommend the book How to Shoot Video that Doesn’t Suck), and all things Adobe After Effects. In short: I gave myself a crash course in shooting video.
In order to actually make the first two videos, I spent some time talking to the candidates, Armine and Berend. I wrote a script for them and picked some shots that I wanted in the video.
Of course, the shot with Armine’s son was the perfect way to end this video:
Berend’s sister actually helped us with quite a few, setting up a lot of the ones with other people. She did a very good job as a producer.
For Dirk-Jan’s video, I used mostly existing material, plus stock footage, and a little bit of material that I shot.