He started out by taking a digital storytelling workshop. That started him paying attention to storytelling in film.
Anyone can do this! Nick is not a professional videographer – he’s a reference and web services librarian who took a class or two on video and (more importantly) had an interest.
His administrators support him – even his failures
biggest investment with video is time.
- finding actors – find people who like to be filmed; easier to film when they don’t think they’re actually being filmed
- musical soundtrack is vital – take advantage of “tolerated use” – give credit and borrow selectively
- Sound – narraration – extraneous noises tend to amplify. fade-in/out – even just the sound – that will help the noises be less jarring
- do voice overs – you can do several takes, have a more controlled environment
- or let the video tell the story without the spoken word – show the story visually, or overlay text on the video
get a library YouTube account – don’t use your own!
work at DVD quality and then compress for the web – match YouTube’s compression then upload to YouTUbe – helps get a slightly cleaner video
Time – his experience – 1 minute of finished video requires a day of work or more (my experience is much less than that, but then my videos tend to be less polished, as well)
look for ways to make video reusable