Filmmaking doesn’t need to be complicated. It can take just a few seconds to film a short update and get it online.

  • You don’t need to take too much time out of your training run. Most people stop to stretch or to get an energy gel or some jelly babies out of their running belt. Instagram films are only 60 seconds long so it’s quick and easy to film a quick message – “Just having a quick stretch in the middle of my 18 mile run so thought I would remind you to visit my fundraising page” or “I’m hiding under a tree sheltering from a hail storm at the moment so I just thought I would share my page again so you can see what a LEGEND I am!”
  • We’ve seen people make longer films by running along talking to the camera or even using a selfie stick. This will definitely get your social networks more involved with your run, but be careful not to trip! If you’re into filmmaking a GoPro camera and a head strap is a safer way to get moving footage.
  • If you don’t want to worry about filming during your run you can always film diary style by sharing highlights, lowlights and progress as you’re sat in the kitchen with a post-run snack.

Exercising your inner film director…

If you want to do more than just film quick updates then there are plenty of free and cheap editing apps you can use to make more creative short films. For iPhones you can get iMovie and for Android devices we recommend KineMaster, but there are many others too which all work in a similar way. If you’re looking at getting creative with your short films then you can either make a montage where you set lots of film clips to music or you can make short film where you combine words and images.

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    Recording sound

    If you want to record your own reflections on your training you could do it in two ways - you could set the camera up to film yourself or you could get someone to act as an interviewer. Or if you’re running for a friend or a family member you might want to interview them. Either way, you should follow these tips as much as you can.

    • Quiet: find somewhere that is peaceful. Try to keep away from busy roads or noisy public areas and don’t have the TV or radio on in the background.
    • Light: the best light for an interview will either be in the shade of a building or tree, or inside near a window where natural daylight can light you from the side. If you film looking into the sun or sit in front of a window you will become a silhouette.
    • Orientation: all film should be shot in landscape format - think of the shape of a television or computer screen. Don’t hold your phone as if you were making a call or you will get black space down either side.
    • Stay still: if you hand-hold the camera for an interview you may get what is called ‘camera shake’. Tripods for smartphones are cheap to buy but if you can’t buy one, find a way to keep your hand really steady, perhaps by resting your arm on a wall or by gripping your elbows into the side of your body.

    Filming visuals

    If you think about when you watch the news or a documentary when the newsreader or narrator is talking you often don’t see them, you see stuff happening that relates to the story. In the industry footage that illustrates the story is known as B Roll or GVs (general views). What you need to capture visuals of will depend on what your film is about - a general training update or a film about a fundraising event. Examples would be:

    • For a training film you might want shots of you running in all different locations and in all different weather, close ups of you pulling on a hat or tying your shoe laces, shots of scenery and landmarks you pass on your run, shots of your sports watch or running app showing how far you’ve fun.
    • For a fundraising event you could show the build-up such as people, for example decorating a village hall or baking cakes. Then show the fun happening whether that’s people eating cake, dancing, having heads shaved or faces painted!

    Tops tips on visuals:

    • Remember to get a mixture of close-up shots and ones taken from further away showing more of the activity or the area you’re running in.
    • Hold the shot! Set your shot up, focus and then hold the shot for a minimum of 15-20 seconds. It will feel like a long time but if you don’t hold the shot for long enough, this makes editing really difficult and a lot of clips become unusable.


    Each programme works slightly differently and uses different language to describe key actions so we recommend you access the available online tutorials for your chosen software/app. However, there are some basic principles to editing which will be the same.

    • Timeline and layers: the timeline refers to the length of film. Within the timeline there are different layers – one for the main audio (interview), one for the supporting visuals, one for the music and one for the titles and captions.
    • Trimming: this allows you to cut off any unwanted footage at the beginning and/or end of your clip.
    • Splitting: use this technique if you have a clip that you want to cut in two to use in two different places within your film.
    • Transitions: you can add a transition between two video clips, pictures or titles. There are many to choose from but the most professional looking is the simple fade.
    • Supporting visuals: you trim and split your supporting imagery in exactly the same way as described above.
    • Music: adding music to your film can help tell your story and add emotion and it’s not expensive. Some smartphone come loaded with music that is free to use or you can try a site like Be careful not to use music from bands or performers as publishing this on the internet, even your own social media channels, is an infringement of copyright. Make sure the volume of the music doesn’t compete with the people speaking.
    • Titles and credits: titles and credits will give your film a really professional look. Give your film a title and use the end slide to promote your fundraising page.
    • Exporting and sharing: this will put your film into a format ready to upload