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I'm about to kick off my first video project (4 pre-roll videos) and I'm super nervous. Any advice?

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Trust your producer.

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Don’t try to be a hero. Asking for help from your seniors BEFORE shit might go south is something we respect and appreciate.

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Watch the reels. Don't look for your concept, look for the skills you need (the right type of humor, can they direct a performance, etc) Read the treatments. Sometimes they make no f-in sense. So if you don't understand a concept ask the director to explain their approach. Don't get stuck with a director you don't understand or vibe with. On set, watch out for the product. Give the director space to do their job. Don't ask the stylist to do your hair. Don't be the cause of overtime. In post, trust your editor. Make suggestions, test things out, but ask their opinion. They do this all day, every day, for everyone in town. Heed their warning (or export an alt) if they're politely telling you that a suggestion is not working.

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Work with a good producer- plan your shots, decide right now what you absolutely need to get your cut/idea across. Work in beats- Beat 1. Guy enters room, Beat 2. Guy trips etc Realize that most shots in Edits are 2 seconds or less. Ask a lot of questions in pre-production

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Don’t over think editorial. Most people watch a video once and never think about it again. If they laugh you win. You’re gonna re watch them 9000+ times, that’s called getting too close to it. Listen to people watching it for the first time.

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Also, nerves are normal. It’d be weird if you didn’t feel them.

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Shoot what’s on the client approved story boards before you start ad-libbing or adding shots. That way you have what they paid for even if it isn’t the best stuff

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Never trust the phrase, “we’ll fix it in post.” If something doesn’t look right to you on set, say something. It’ll save you in the edit!

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Make ‘em short, people like that Skip button.

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Don't be afraid to ask questions about the process. Trust your producer. (Most likely/hopefully) they know their stuff.

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Sit down. Be humble

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If you hear someone say "we'll do slow mo with twixter" just tell them to rent the goddamn phantom.

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Good luck- and push for what you want!

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Wait for the ref’s signal, take your steps and kick the shit out of itthrough the endzone

Art Director 4 pre rolls- what is the tone of the videos? Funny? Weird?

Thanks everyone for the advice!! @Freelance1 They're cute-funny

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