Video Tip of the Week- Making a Prank Video

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Britney Spears recently pranked Jimmy Kimmel in the middle of the night and the video quickly went viral. Radio stations have jumped on board with the “Prank Video,” especially on live streaming. Some with fantastic results, and some that went awry.

Here are some tips for making your prank video the best it can be:

  1. Think Story. This video has a beginning (Britney Spears sneaking into his house), middle (Jimmy waking up to the pop star and dancers in his bed), and end (Jimmy calling for his wife and hugging it out with Britney).
  2. Edit. If you are not live, take some time to edit the video down to the key parts of the story. Try to film from multiple angles so you can have something to cut to. Using two cameras or phones can make sure you get both prankers and prankees.
  3. Go Big. This video was funnier because of the grand scale of it. She could have just woken him up in bed, but by adding backup dancers and a guy in a disco lights suit it went to the next level.
  4. Get the Reaction. Don’ t just film the action, film the REACTION of the person being pranked. That is where the humor is.


Photo Credit: Flickr.com/photos/daquellamanera/

Laura Nickerson
Laura Nickerson
Laura has worked as an On-Camera Host and Radio Personality for KCET, CTV, MomAngeles, KHTS, KFI, KTLK, TV Guide, HBO, SM16, Broad Topics TV and Radio, Clear Channel Inc and NBC/Universal. Her passion is helping others find their personality brand while mastering the techniques needed to nail an interview, appearance or speech on-camera.
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