The first and most importa


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.

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