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How to make product commercial videos using your smartphone

    • 181 posts
    May 2, 2022 3:54 AM PDT

    When you are just starting in your filmmaking career, you need to work with what you have. At the moment, the filmmaking tool that most of us have access to is a smartphone. It can be a difficult challenge, but you can create a professional product video using, for example, an iPhone. However, you will need a few more accessories to help you with your task.

    Here are a few tips on how to make a product commercial video using your smartphone:

    1. Get creative!

    Even if you have a small budget, don't let that discourage you! There are many creative ways you can make the most of what you already have. Let's say, for example, that you wish to create a commercial for a bag of chips. Start by thinking how will that bag of chips stand out, without using too many special effects. For example, you can do a push-in of the subject by using a fabric underneath your tripod to allow a smooth transition. You can stand the bag up by using a small mug to support it from behind.

    2. Use a tripod


    You can put your phone on a tripod. This will allow you more space to move around and build the best shoots that you can, without worrying of dropping the phone. Also, the video will look better without your hand shaking.

    3. Use a table

    Placing your product on a table can be a good idea. It allows you to try out different angles. You can also experiment with your product. For example, for a bag of chips, you can open the bag of chips and film chips falling into the air.


    4. Use a ringlight

    The quality of your video is impacted by how you make use of the lights. A ringlight can be a low-budget option that you can use for your commercial video. Most ringlights come with warm/cold light and you can also set up its intensity.

    What other tips would you recommend for shooting a commercial product video?

    • 37 posts
    May 3, 2022 12:55 AM PDT

    The sky is the limit applies in this context as well. The best commercials are the ones who are not like all the others and go the extra mile. I am not so much a filmmaker, but more of a photographer. I tried making product pictures in a different way and my customers seem to appreciate it. Instead of using the classical background, which is usually black or white, I used my creativity. I wanted to create a mood for my pictures. Someone was selling a phone case which looked vintage, so I created a vintage setup, using a pile of clothes and jewelry. The result was very nice.

    • 40 posts
    May 3, 2022 1:15 AM PDT

    Before you want to follow a premade pattern, think that no great commercial was a copy of another 

    • 40 posts
    May 6, 2022 3:10 AM PDT

    I saw a woman on TikTok create commercial videos for fun. She ended up being paid to create commercial videos for big companies after her videos got viral. This is a good example of hard work and passion that can help you obtain the jobs that you want.

    • 181 posts
    May 6, 2022 3:11 AM PDT
    Fjolla Teuta said:

    I saw a woman on TikTok create commercial videos for fun. She ended up being paid to create commercial videos for big companies after her videos got viral. This is a good example of hard work and passion that can help you obtain the jobs that you want.

     

    I think I know her! Her videos got in my For You page as well! She's very talented and motivated!

    • 40 posts
    May 10, 2022 4:37 AM PDT
    Maura Nicolaita said:
    Fjolla Teuta said:

    I saw a woman on TikTok create commercial videos for fun. She ended up being paid to create commercial videos for big companies after her videos got viral. This is a good example of hard work and passion that can help you obtain the jobs that you want.

     

    I think I know her! Her videos got in my For You page as well! She's very talented and motivated!

    Yes!