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8 Tips for Making Great Home Movies

By John Cave Osborne |

One of my favorite things to do is make home movies. (Is “home movies” an antiquated term now? Is it “home videos” at this point?) Some are meant to document while others are meant to entertain. Some are shot at the beach while others are shot in the mountains. Some are about the kids while others are more about me. Some are made for just fun while others will soon be made professionally! (More on that last one within a week or two…)

But no matter what the motivation, regardless of the subject, no matter where it’s shot, or what the intent is, every movie I make does have one thing in common — I consider it to be art. Which is exactly why I try to go the extra mile with each and every one.

No. That doesn’t make me Scorsese. Far from it. But that doesn’t mean I can’t take pride in my modest endeavors — I can. And if you’re one who hasn’t made a lot of videos, but would like to — I have some tips for you that I’ve found useful. Eight of them, in fact. And here they are:

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How to Make Great Home Movies

Select a good video camera

To make great home movies, you need a great video camera. Period. This post is sponsored by Sony, but even if it weren't, I'd throw out the following recommendation: the Sony Handycam. As you can see from this photo, I've owned more than one, and there's a reason for that. Regardless, if you select a video camera you love as much as I love the Sony Handycam, then you're halfway home.

A big thanks to Sony for sponsoring this campaign. Click here to see more of the discussion.

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Want to capture your own family memories on video? We’re giving away two Sony Handycams! To enter for a chance to win, simply comment on any Sony-sponsored post (including this one) with an answer to the following question: what’s your favorite family memory? Contest runs through 11:59 p.m. EDT on September 30th, 2012, and you may enter once per post. Contest is open to U.S. residents only.

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John Cave Osborne is a writer whose work has appeared on such sites as Babble, TLC, YahooShine, and the Huffington Post. John went from carefree bachelor to father of four in just 13 months after marrying a single mom, then quickly conceived triplets. Since then, they have added one more to the mix, a little boy they named Grand Finale. Read bio and latest posts → Read John's latest posts →

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6 thoughts on “8 Tips for Making Great Home Movies

  1. Father Muskrat says:

    Favorite family memories were when older siblings came to the hospital to meet their new younger sibling. That’s happened a few times for us.

  2. Meghan says:

    Perhaps I’m just lazy, but making a real, honest-to-goodness “home movie” seems like soooooo much work. See also: I don’t have a creative bone in my body for these types of things.

    My hat is off to you and your creative, dedicated, movie-making self!

  3. laurenjimeson says:

    Great tips! I love to have a great editing software. I used in a lot in college for my major, but would love to use it for home movies as well.

  4. Christine Michaels says:

    Well I’m a loyal Sony customer. I still use my Cybershot thin silver pocket camera daily when taking photos of my tour clients and emailing them photos after the tour (I run a boutique tour business in South Beach). But then as I started my non profit to help homeless animals I wanted to upgrade to capture the myrian moments in a rescued pets life. So for my birthday I asked for a handheld one and sure enough my sister presented me with a SONY handcam which I love! Now I’m in the midst of taking photos of my six pets for a pet food contest to show all my pets were rescued pets and they make the best companions and family members. They are my family! Would love to win any prizes from Sony. Thank you!

  5. Danielle Smith says:

    I love making home movies – I make a collection for my husband every year for the holidays – one for each of my small people… such a perfect way to celebrate the year.

  6. @JustHeather says:

    I’m taking most of my video on a phone right now, but I’ve been trying really hard to out the rest of these tips to use!

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