Have you ever wanted to make your own versions of our popular HEXBUG Box Sumo Videos? Then you’re in luck, because we have compiled several tips, tricks, and resources to help you get started!
What you will need:
- A phone that can film video
- HEXBUG Box Sumo Battle Ring
- Any Box Sumo Characters that you want to feature
- A lamp or a flashlight
Before you start making your first video, it’s important to know what the story will be. The hilarious characters in the video will almost always be the most important part of it, so you need to determine how you want them to interact with one another. To do this, it is best to write out your own script before you begin filming. This will map out all of your character’s interactions and dialogue. Luckily, we have developed a script that you can fill in with whatever characters and adjectives that you want, so you can learn how, and get started right away!
Here is a basic Script Template that we’ve created:
Good evening Box Sumo fans! Welcome to ____ (location of fight). This is _____ (Commentator 1) and _____ (Commentator 2) here to bring you all of the action. Tonight we will be seeing a(n) _____ (adjective) fight between _____ (Fighter 1) and _____ (Fighter 2).
Yes, this will be a fight for the ages, and I can’t wait to see what happens! Hey, ______ (second commentator) who do you think will win?
I don’t even think it will be close, _____ (Fighter 1) will win it without a problem. His/her signature _____ (name of move) move is unstoppable!
Wow! What a(n) ______ (adjective) prediction. I disagree completely. His/her _____ (name of move) move is vulnerable to the _____ (name of move) move of his/her opponent.
Well, let’s quit our yammering and get to fighting!
And here they go! Early on, this is already shaping up to be one of the _____ (adjective) fights in the history of Box Sumo! Oh wow! _____ (Fighter 1) with a ______ (adjective) hit on ______ (fighter). Will ______ (Fighter 2) be able to recover from this?
Oh man, I have no idea. That hit was extremely _____ (adjective), but I think he/she will be _____ (adjective).
Oh! And there’s the _____ (name of move) that we have been waiting for from _____ (Fighter 1). He/She will take the first round, with a total Knockout.
Hey, _____ (Commentator 2), what did you think of the first round?
The fighters have been very _____ (adjective). It will be ____ (adjective) to see how the next two will go!
And we are wasting no time here! Round two has begun!
There is the first _____ (name of move), that looked like it really _____ (adjective).
Oh yes, that was _____ (adjective)!
_____ (Fighter 2) has done it! That one was enough to push _____ (Fighter 1) out of the Ring.
We are all tied up heading into the final round!
This is what it all comes down to, folks. How do you feel about this final round?
I can hardly contain my excitement! I feel very _____ (adjective)!
Well, I can’t wait any longer, let’s begin the final round.
My goodness! _____ (fighter) hit him/her with the early _____ (name of move)!
That was _____ (adjective)! This has to be the most _____ (adjective) Box Sumo fight we have ever seen!
And there’s the final _____ (name of move)! _____ (fighter) is victorious! This fight will go down as one of the ______ (adjective) in history.
Thank you everybody for watching, this is a battle that we will never forget.
For Box Sumo nation, I’m _____ (Commentator 1)
And I’m _____ (Commentator 2)!
And we’re wishing you, happy fighting.
Now that you have a script, you’re going to want to set up your scene. Based on our version, or a script that you have written yourself, you should know what you want the scene to look like. We have several downloadable backgrounds that you can implement into your own video here! Or you can just make your own using materials found around the house. It is very important to have a background that fits into the theme of your video. Feel free to match the setting to either of the characters or the events that happen in your story.
After setting up your scene, you will want to make sure that it is properly lit. You can use whatever form of light that you have available! Whether it be a lamp or a flashlight, lighting is vital because it accentuates the scene and puts the viewer’s focus on where the action is taking place.
Next comes filming. There are a few different ways you can do this, so whatever method seems easier to you, go with that. You will want to set up as many different shots and angles as you want. A good rule to follow is to shoot a wide shot that captures everything, a medium shot that captures the action, and then close-ups if you want to highlight the big hits and knockouts, or special character moves. It takes a little practice, so figure out what angles and distances work best for you. You can check some of our Box Sumo Videos here if you need some examples.
Filming will go faster If you have a friend helping you. That way you can use both of your phones to film from different angles at the same time. This means that you won’t have to film as many times can have multiple angles without having to re-film the battle. If not, no worries, you will just have to film the fight a few times to capture everything. It would also be a good idea to film your two announcers separately, so that when you’re editing, you have something to cut away to. This will help establish your pacing in the editing process.
Now it’s time to put all of your pieces together. Download your footage from your phone or camera and put it on your computer. Whether you’re on PC or Mac, there are free video editing programs that you can use to cut your footage together. Find out which one is right for you here.
Once you cut your footage, you can add music, voiceover, titles, graphics, even special effects! The sky’s the limit. Thanks for reading, and if you do make a Box Sumo video, we would love to see it! Tag us on whatever platform you post to, and we will try to check it out!
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