Thanksgiving Video Tips

by Mona H Posted on November 23, 2010

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Ah, Thanksgiving. A time for family, friends…and massive overeating. It’s a beautiful thing, are we right? Don’t let this year go by without capturing some of that holiday magic on video! It’s a great opportunity to share your experience with friends and family who couldn’t make it, not to mention a whole lot of fun.


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One of the biggest problems at the holidays is knowing what to shoot. You have all these people you love in one room, and you don’t want to spend the whole time behind a camera, nor do you want boring shots of everyone just talking. So here are a few ideas of what to catch with your camcorder. When you’re done, you can make a mix of your favorite moments, or just share it with the whole gang!

Must-Film Thanksgiving Moments:

Making Dinner
You’ll want to get some footage of the bird in the oven, the cooks hard at work in the kitchen, and the drinking…don’t forget the drinking.Family and Friends – All these people in one room! Float around and get some footage of people talking, chatting, laughing…it will look great in the middle of your mix.

Family Traditions
Do you guys make a big deal about splitting the wishbone? Drawing names for Christmas gifts? Film it!

The Video Poll
One of the best ways to get some great video and engage people is to interview them. Ask everyone to tell you what they are most thankful for. You’ll likely find the answers range from sweet, to silly, to awesomely hilarious.

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  1. AnnAbbott Says:

    I think half the fun of Thanksgiving is the cooking part. Have the kids take on one duty and as you film them chopping the celery or snapping the green beans ask them what they are thankful for. This make great footage no matter what age the child is.

  2. Joey Says:

    I didn’t get a chance to film anything, but did try to take lots of pictures of food and the table and the kids. We usually draw names for Christmas between us siblings – this year we decided not to. it was still lots of fun and lots of good food. I’m still stuffed.

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My name is Mona. I studied Art and Technology at Stevens Institute of Technology, where I learned about video, 3D animation, and graphic design. I've always loved video. I'm constantly capturing memories on video - whether it's on my cell phone, with my digital camera, or with my HD camcorder. I'd love to help you make the most of your personal video, so please comment on any of my posts if you have a specific question!

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