Planning Your Video
The Key to a Well-Made Video is a Well-Thought-Out Plan!
You’ve got the power, now what’s the plan?
Let’s revisit the video prompt for your 3-minute video:
Express my state of mind about a topic of relevance to me as I become an adult in my community.
Tips for coming up with a topic:
- STOP, LOOK, LISTEN: The world around you
- SHOW: What you know via a short video that captures something relevant as you experience becoming an adult in your community.
- PLAY: Back what is worth remembering and suggest how to change it or see it differently.
Have FUN and be CREATIVE while...
- Talking about what I know
- Giving voice to my community
- Accessing powerful communication platforms
- Delivering messages that can promote positive change
- Content: What is the issue of concern or pride you wish to show?
- What Matters: How does the community help or hinder your positive development? Where are opportunities?
- Your Message: How do you imagine it could be changed for the better?
- Who to Try to Inform: Who might want to know? Who is in charge? Who needs to know?
As you develop topics, styles and next steps (e.g., script development, camera practice, etc.), think about 3 criteria that promote commitment:
- Convey - Will the message be conveyed if I communicate it in this way? Will the message get lost or come across as overkill?
- Cost - Is it do-able (e.g., time, skills, equipment, etc.)?
- Creative - Are the ideas and views of real interest to me (e.g., novel, unique or different, etc.)?
Traps to avoid!
- Time - commitment ("it's not easy"), obstacles
- Sporadic involvement - Talk but no action
- Exploration vs. pace to make deadline
- Artistic process - comfort with topic, "work-in-progress" vs. fear of "not good enough" or "get in trouble"
- Support needed (e.g., access locations)
- Equipment over- or under-management
- Voice vs. documentary (drama, negativity bias)
- YOUR IDEAS (Not Artist-Mentors)
- SHOW don’t TELL
Get additional help developing your ideas!