Authorship :: What role will you, as the author/creator, play in the video? Will you narrate, ask questions from behind the camera, be a character in the video, remove your presence entirely, or use a combination of these approaches? What strategies will best allow you to craft your message?
I will ask questions from behind the camera and remove my presence entirely. Mostly, I will be shooting and asking interview questions at the same time. I will be a narrator, generally introducing the piece at the beginning. I think the combination of narrating the introduction and removing my presence during the interview would work as the best strategy in order to covey my message.
Content :: What information do you want, or need, to include in the video? What background information will an audience need in order to understand your topic? What kinds of questions and conversations will get you the information you seek? If applicable, make a list of interview questions that may help you draw out information from your subject.
This piece is about finding out how other people think about a well-rounded person. I believe that a well rounded person is somebody who works hard not only in his field but also in other fields. In order to be a well rounded person, I play music, socialize with my friends, stud hard, eat well, cook, play soccer and so on. I wanted to know how others define a “well-rounded person” and how they live their life to be well rounded. An audience would not need any background information to understand my topic before watching this piece. My three questions will be 1. Please briefly introduce yourself 2. What is the definition of a well rounded person and what are the characteristics? 3. What kind of activities do you do to be a well rounded person? 4. Why do you want to become well rounded?
Shots :: Make a detailed list of shots you absolutely need for the video. Make another list of shots that you want or hope for. This list should include where you intend to shoot, how you intend to shoot (close up- far away, panning, tripod, hand-held, etc), and what you hope to get from these shots.
Shots that I absolutely need
– Interview footage (waist up, tripod, different angles)
– B-roll at Espresso Royale (close up, panning, hand-held, out focusing, zoom in and out, different angles)
– A lot of b-rolls of round objects (close up, extreme close up, hand-held, out focusing, zoom in and out, different angles)
– From these shots, I want the audience to understand the interview.
Shots that I want
– B-roll of Illini Tower front desk (hand-held, far away, panning)
– Interviewees spending time with their friends (hand-held)
– B-roll of campus scenery (hand-held, close up, far away)
– I hope this extra footage would help the audience to have better understanding of my piece.
Anxieties and Obstacles :: Look back through your responses to the three writing prompts above and think through any obstacles or anxieties you have about your production plan. Write them down. Brainstorm possible alternative plans. Be ready to improvise.
I am worried that I might not be able to get enough footage from the interview. To solve this problem, I am considering giving interviewees questions before the interview, That way, they will have time to organize their thoughts and ideas and be able to provide good answers. I am also concerned about the interview shots. I know that shooting from different angles is better than shooting from the same angle. However, in order to create interesting and dynamic shots, I would need one more set of equipment (tripod, camera and shot-gun mic). In case I am shooing with only one set of equipment, the alternative plan would be to add many b-rolls when I edit the video. The more I have b-rolls, the less I have interview footage. I am sure that this can make the video more interesting and fun to watch!