Tricks to Try: The “POV”

This three part series seeks to highlight new perspectives on how to present your content. The Trove Studio staff is highly skilled in helping you transform your idea into a expertly produced final product, so let us know if this technique stands out to you as an approach you’d like to try! Be sure to check out part 2 and part 3 of the series.

How far are you willing to go to let someone step into the story you’re wishing to tell?

A more daring storyteller may wish to create an immersive experience for the viewer, rather than allowing the camera to serve as the stationary, all-knowing observer of your story. We welcome that challenge, and present to you a possible method to achieve it: the POV (or “point of view”) video allows the subject you’re covering to feel personal by making whatever the camera is doing feel as though it is happening to the viewer.

Whether you realize it or not, you’ve probably already seen what a product of this type of perspective looks like. Think about the sorts of shots one can get with a GoPro or a dashboard mounted camera, and you have an idea of what the POV film can look like. Although some may equate these sorts of films with the hard-to-watch shaky-cam accounts that dominate reality TV and documentary filmmaking, POV-framed films have the potential to feel raw, subjective, and even unpredictable which makes them incredibly engaging and fun to watch (especially when done smoothly which we can do!).

While you may not think your project could incorporate this technique, we’d encourage you to dig deep what elements of your process or service would a potential client or participant want to know more about? What would they most like to get a feel for? Perhaps most importantly: How could the experience they’ll be having be mimicked on camera? The way you answer any or all of these questions could dictate how well the POV style could work for your project.

Creativity and imagination are critical here. Think about watching a wedding from the unique but rarely chronicled viewpoint of the flower girl, for example. The angles and views you’d see would be starkly different from the ones we’re traditionally accustomed to seeing. Similarly, consider framing an instructional video from the perspective of a product user; this relatively rare view could illuminate elements of a process that are otherwise hard to capture with an objective filming method.

Use the POV style of filmmaking to go not just behind the scenes, but in the scene itself. Who knows what feelings or learning you could provoke in your viewers by taking this route?

We love telling stories in new and interesting ways, and would love to help you create an experience for your viewers using this perspective. If this is a method you’d like to use on your next project, please get in touch we’re happy to help you bring your vision to life!