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
what you know- via a short video that captures something relevant as you experience becoming an adult in your community.
back what is worth remembering & 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