OK, I know I have an awful lot to learn!!! This is what I have learnt on this first shoot.
Sound is a real bitch. Maybe I should have bought a camera with a mic input. As it is I used a USB hypercardiod mic connected to my laptop. It makes a great recording, really clear and clean, however the lights I used had a loud fan in them and this mic picked up a lot of noise. I've have to process the sound to remove this, and now it sounds really bad. So buy quiet lights! I've got a lavalier for next time.
Secondly the room I used was very small, so the lights were too close to the subject. I completely forgot what I read that I should use the manual settings on the camera. Having more than one camera would have made things a lot easier, every time I needed to change position the subject needed to freeze while I re-positioned the camera. Also the close-up shots have the colours automatically adjusted and looked different to the wide shots. Having a scripts is good idea as the subject kept repeating the same phrase, and a number of re-dubs were required weeks after the event, which stand out like a sore thumb.
If anyone has any other comments, fire away! But please don't destroy me. This really is my 1st attempt and I am willing to learn from you experts.
Forgot to say. These were done on a JVC GZ-MC100. 1st vid done in Serif MoviePlus 5 and the others done in Vegas MovieStudio 6.0