Some Video Guidelines

Multimediaites —

In addition to the tutorials, here are some video guidelines from Chet Rhodes, one of the multimedia editors at washingtonpost.com.

Your first video assignment is this Friday, so please read up on what makes for good video. If you have any questions on shooting, please come see me by the end of the day Thursday. (If you have a scheduling conflict, let me know Tuesday.)

We will divide up into teams for Friday’s assignment at the end of class Tuesday. Each team will stop in to for a brief discussion of Friday’s assignment and to check out gear for the assignment. I’ll pass around a sign-up sheet for meeting times.

I will be out of town and unreachable for most of the day Friday so if you have any questions for Friday’s assignment, let me know by the end of the day Thursday.

Your assignment for Friday is to give me a 2-3 minute video package. That will include highlights from her talk, including from the QA, b-roll, reactions after the talk, possible interview with her afterwards. A written text piece should accompany and complement the video piece.  Both of you will attend the session.  One person will do the shooting but your teammate should be keeping an eye out for shooting possibilities.

Some keys to success for Friday’s assignment:

* Storyboard. Plan on what each team member is going to do beforehand. You have a tight window before Friday so make sure you know what everyone is doing.

* Be prepared. This is a long speech. So, make sure you have batteries. If possible, set up near an outlet so you can get some juice from there as well.

* Research. Read up on the speaker, what he has done and written in recent years. Bair is a pretty prominent official so there is a good chance she will be reading from prepared remarks. See if you can get a copy of her remarks prior to her speech, that way you can follow along, find the highlights and be ready to film at the key spots.

* Shooting, Part 1. Get to the auditorium early to set up your tripod. Where is the best location?

* Shooting, Par II. Again, a long speech. What should you shoot? What’s the best way to approach this. There are four key components to speech coverage:

  1. Pre-speech interviews. The value is sometimes mixed on this because those in attendance may be swayed by what the speaker says.
  2. Reaction interviews. Much more valuable, especially if the speaker is controversial. For this assignment, think of diversity in who you interview — diversity of gender, age, race. Don’t forget to get contact info. and correct spelling on names, etc. for the reaction interviews. You may need to follow up on something or check back with the source for a later story.
  3. The Speech itself. If you can’t get a copy of the remarks beforehand, consider how most speeches go. Avoid the intro. Listen and see if the speaker is headed to a critical part. Mark down yur video clock times of good quotes.
  4. B-roll.  Again, part of getting there early.  Take in the room.  Get a feel for angles.  There will be a point where you can take your camera off the tripod and shoot crowd shots.  What else can you do for b-roll?  Talk to your partner.

Focus on the shooting and your interviews.  Make sure to mark down the times of key highlights.  It will help you during the editing process. We’ll talk editing next week.

Steve

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