Most of the time over the last 2 and a half weeks we've been stuck inside, working as best we can, playing games, watching tv, doing the daily workout with Joe, and catching up with family and friends on zoom. If we are lucky we might have a garden to enjoy and a little sunshine, and of course we can get out to the park for our daily exercise. But we don't see anybody else, unless we bump into a friend in the park and have a strange shouted conversation from 10 yards away.
Thursdays are different though - as we reconnect with our neighbours and millions of poeple all over the country and stand on our doorsteps to clap the NHS.
Tonight we'd like you to record this amazing event. Using phones or cameras and shooting video. We'll edit them all together so it doesn't matter if you just manage a few seconds of footage. We want to see your family first of all - and then your neighbours. (if they don't mind) Sunset is at 7.45pm this evening so you will have a little bit of light to work with.
Park Court - Hampton Wick. Filmed by documentary filmmaker Louis Hollis (our son ! ) Thursday 2nd April
If you use your phone try to shoot in the landscape format (as in the video above) This is the normal way of shooting film or video but since smartphones arrived people have found it easier shoot in portrait mode. If you can do it this way it will give you a wider angle of view, and it will make it easier to edit them all together for viewing on a desktop screen.
Practise making short little video clips during the day. Get used to holding the camera steady and moving smoothly.
Try to get outside slightly early if you can - if you have a minute or two before it starts you'll be able to decide where to stand. You can shoot from in front of your family or to the side of them. You can start with a shot of them clapping and then pan around to your neighbours.
Remember to focus before you press the record button
Try not to zoom while you are filming. Shoot on a wideangle and leave the zoom button alone. Most compact cameras and all phones have very poor zooms and the footage will be wobbly and fuzzy if you zoom in mid-shot.
Keep recording. You can do more than 1 take if you like but it's better to just let the film run. You can always edit it afterwards if it's too long.
STAY SAFE - STAY ON THE PAVEMENT
Send your footage by Wetransfer add your name your street name & the first part of the postcode. Mine is KT1