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- November 23, 2009 at 8:41 PM #37668AnonymousInactive
I am creating a short 5-10 minute video documentary of struttinbucks outdoors. It is a hunting show based out of Arkansas. I am doing this for a project for school. I need advice on how to approach making this video.
Any help would be greatly appreciated
The first and most important step is to plan your video. Failure to properly plan your video will result in a baaad video.
So, how do you plan your video? Well, you have to understand that a video must have a point in order for it to be effective. Your viewer has to walk away understanding what the video is about. While some videos may be boring (like the training video I watched for my first job in high school), we rarely walk away from videos thinking, “Huh? What was that about?”
Once you have made a decision about your video’s objective, it’s now important to understand that proper storytelling/videomaking requires that your script has a beginning, middle, and end. In other words, an introduction, the main information, and a conclusion. It’s a lot like a book. Books have an intro, narrative hook, rising action, climax, and resolution.
So decide how you are going to introduce your video. I think this is the most important part. While your project is for school and students probably are forced to watch, if this were for TV viewers would change the channel if they didn’t know what they were about to watch. So, are you going to be boring and open with a line saying, “Hi, today I’m going to teach you how to hunt bucks.” or will you be creative and maybe open with a montage? The sky is the limit, but it is very important that you establish what your video will be about.
Next, decide how you will present your content in a way that makes your point. I dunno exactly what your idea is, so I dunno what else to tell ya.
Finally, wrap up your video. You could be bring and close with a line saying, “and that is how you hunt a buck,” or you could recap everything, or you could reinforce the point like Jerry Springer does at the end of every show. Again, the possibilities are endless.
I’m gonna stop there. Your question, “How do you approach making a video” is such a vague question. Books are written about this. I’m not trying to blow you off…just suggesting that you plan your video first and them come back with more questions.
Rob’s right. You’re question is mad vague. Only because you don’t fully understand the scope of what you are asking. I’ve consulted with others in your state who wanted to do the very same thing. Some had some really workable ideas and some were just smokin’ dope.
First off, watch other hunting shows and see how the pro’s do it. Make notes of what you liked and didn’t then incorporate those things with your own ideas when you plan that video as Rob suggested (it’s called pre-production by the way.) The hunting shows you watch will have been planned down to the last detail and so should yours.
You’re planning a full on production and there’s much to be done before you point a camera at anything. I gotta’ ask, have you ever shot video before?
Alright thanks for your responses and sorry about the vague question, I’ll try and elaborate on it.
I am creating a short video for school over the tv show StruttinBucks outdoors. The project was to take an essay that I had written earlier in the year and express it in a new form of art. I have a very small basic background in video-editing so I thought that creating a short 10-15 minute clip would be fun and allow me to learn more about my video-editing software. I am using adobe cs4 by the way.
My thought on how to accomplish this so far is to start the video with a bunch of short clips with different parts of successful hunts and create almost like the opening scenes to a show. Then havea graphic design fly into the screen with the StruttinBucks Outdoors logo.
My essay was about the history of how StruttinBucks was started so I was thinking of having interviews with maybe 3 or 4 of the guys on StruttinBucks outdoors then cutting the interviews up to key points that help progress the story while interjecting more clips of hunts in between. I am not sure how I would want to end the story, maybe with a discussion of the future of struttinbucks outdoors.
here is a link to their website if anyone is curious,http://struttinbucks.com/wordpress/
If this is still to vague then just let me know thanks for your responses they are very helpful
Again I say watch the show you’re wanting to copy and other hunting shows to see how they flow and how shots work from topic to topic. Then, keep it short. 5 minutes should be your goal. Your ideals sound fine but 10 to 15 minutes is a big piece of time to cover properly and keep an audience’s interest. 5 minutes will get you in and out with a minimum of ‘hair pulling’ and spare your audience the ‘home movie effect’.
If you have the right software capabilities, you could add a set of graphics(even 3D graphics) elements to your video along with sped-up shots of successful kills, possibly even made by experienced, or have somewhat of a skill ofshooting itthe first time, hunters. Fast rock music would also add to the drama. Something like what I mentioned above would make a great first impression… but like Rob and Composite said, shortening the length is also a good strategy. You should also have a pre-determined format for your video. Will it be in commercial form or short TV episode? Maybe a five-minute tutorial similar to that of which Videomaker has created a bunch of? A commercial form probably shouldn’t be any longer than 5 minutes. If it’s a TV ‘mini-sode’, you could probably get away with something at about 15 minutes or less. You should also be mindful of rules which the contest might have about this.