Essential On-Camera Guidelines for Speakers & Talent

In the dynamic world of video production, proper preparation paves the way for a successful shoot. Lapse Productions understands this, and we know that guiding our on-camera talent is an integral part of this preparation. Whether you’re an experienced professional or a newcomer to the spotlight, these guidelines will equip you with the know-how to deliver a compelling performance that will impress your audience and streamline our post-production process.

Make the Right Wardrobe Choices

At Lapse Productions, we advise against wearing clothing with stripes or complex patterns. These can cause an unsettling visual phenomenon known as a moire pattern when caught on film. Similarly, extremely bright or neon colors should be avoided as they can disrupt the camera’s color balance by reflecting onto your skin. If you have a darker complexion, opt for off-white shirts over pure white to ensure the most flattering color representation.

Here is another post that goes over the Do’s and Don’ts of on-camera attire.

On-Camera Attire: Essential Do's and Don'ts for Your Professional Video Production Shoot

Watch What You Consume

Prior to stepping in front of the camera, it’s best to steer clear of caffeinated beverages like coffee, tea, or energy drinks. These can cause jitteriness, which may negatively impact your performance. Overeating before your shoot isn’t advisable either, as it can lead to a lack of energy on camera.

Practice is Paramount

At Lapse Productions, we can’t stress enough the importance of rehearsing your responses. Have a colleague or friend simulate an interview, asking you questions while you maintain eye contact in your responses. Remember, improvisation isn’t typically the best approach – it could slow down production and compromise the quality of your performance.

Keep Context in Mind

When you’re responding to queries, make sure to weave the question into your answer to provide context. For instance, if you’re asked about your favorite color, the reply shouldn’t be simply “blue”. It should be “my favorite color is blue”. This helps your audience follow along more seamlessly.

Maintain Professionalism

There’s no need to fret over small missteps. In a typical shot, your face will be on screen for around 3 seconds before we switch to a secondary angle or b-roll footage. Always keep your focus on the interviewer when answering questions. Distracted gazes can lead to unnecessary reshoots.

Embrace the Power of a Smile

A simple yet effective tip from us at Lapse Productions is to start and finish your sentences with a smile. This small change can transform the energy and appeal of your video, making it more inviting to viewers.

Stay Hydrated

Remember to have a water bottle on hand during your shoot. Staying hydrated ensures your voice remains clear and prevents a dry mouth.

Pace Yourself

Don’t be afraid to pause between sentences, especially if you need to catch your breath. We can seamlessly edit these pauses out in the post-production stage. Embrace the comma – it’s your ally for a well-timed breath!


Success in on-camera performances lies in the details. By adhering to these vital guidelines from Lapse Productions, you’ll be on your way to delivering a professional and engaging performance. From the right wardrobe choices to maintaining eye contact and utilizing natural pauses – every detail matters!

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