Determining the background (a.k.a. backdrop) for the scripted on-camera lines of your video will have a huge impact on how your story is told. Strategically choosing where you shoot your video and what’s in the background can actually save you a ton of time.
For most of the videos we make here at Wistia, a conscious decision is made to shoot either “in the wild” around our office or in our studio using a solid-colored piece of seamless paper.
Here’s the background on our backgrounds. Is anyone laughing? Didn’t think so.
The paper background
The paper background has cemented its place in Wistia video history. Although its origins are somewhat unknown (read: forgotten), it has certainly earned its stripes as the video background workhorse.
The paper background is actually a 107″ roll of seamless photo paper from Savage Universal. It comes in a ton of different colors and costs around $60 a roll. Using a paper background setup will let you shoot literally anywhere and still get a great looking shot.