If you're planning to participant in Roger's "Best Movie Contest", you might want to brush up on your video skills and check out Deb Janes' Video Guide below. Deb has always given us some excellent tips and advice on producing our own videos. Whether it's your first video or you're a seasoned professional, you'll find this information very useful.
YouTube Thursdays: "Best Movie" Video Plan for Roger’s "The Fourth Annual 'Be The Star Of Your Own Movie' Contest"
It will be fun to see all of the entries into Roger Mucci's February contest. The red carpet is always exciting to watch, plus there's generally a bit of drama between the stars. I can hardly wait. Plus, Roger is the ultimate host. ( I wonder if Mickey will be attending?)
Naturally, I’m especially anxious to see the Best Movie entries. While you can submit a slide-show ( collection of stills set to a video format), I hope you take the leap and submit a video (footage which shows action). It will be good practice for those of you wanting to add video to your marketing efforts. However, before you start shooting any footage for a video, here are some suggetions to keep the project organized and on-task.
Create a story board : Outline what you hope to accomplish. Map out scenes with details and decide if you are going to use a voice-over script, or text script for your movie idea.
Format style: Interview - host with subject(s) Documentary voice over explaining events? Video magazine ( think of a news desk) Story Based - script with actor or actors in scenes. Talking Head - One person talking, remember to do cutaways to action or this can get pretty boring. ( Nobody is that interesting to look at for long).
Style: This is essentially the mood, or personality of your video. What feeling to you hope to covey? Silly/serious, formal/informal, drama, comedy, mystery? You get the idea. Be sure to use something that feels authentic ( accurately reflects who you are - funny, confident, tough, savvy, inspiring, friendly, polite?), or something that you feel truly inspires your passion.
Add Elements: Make sure you have enough different scenes to make it interesting. Use good quality stills with video footage, consider different visuals that will make your video more entertaining. Remember, your video is telling a story, keep your viewers engaged.
Bottom line - the first, second, or evem third video you make will not be perfect. So what? I’ve done a number of videos, and I’ve yet to reach perfection. But, I have improved. This contest represents a great opportunity, and incentive, for you to jump into video and get your feet wet. What do have to lose, besides extra points and a chance for an AR Oscar? We're looking forward to the party, Roger D. Mucci !
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