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Creating Video Booktalks

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Presented at the ARSL 2013 conference in Omaha, NE on 25 September 2013.

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Creating Video Booktalks

  1. 1. Creating Video Book Talks
  2. 2. Book Talkin’
  3. 3. Is this a Book background?Make a Commercial for the Book
  4. 4. The Book Choose one or more • You’ve read • You like • That are available • That relate to the audience
  5. 5. ? The Book Complex Narrow appeal Limited content Dry Preachy Inappropriate Best-seller
  6. 6. Is this a Book background? The Talk • Keep it simple • Keep it short. 4 minutes max • Don’t give away the ending
  7. 7. Is this a Book background? The Hook HookU.S.P. Appeal
  8. 8. Is? Tips 1. Show the book 2. Start with title and author, end with title 3. Read a short passage, if appropriate 4. Smile
  9. 9. Is this a Book background? The Usual Reminders 1. Relax and Smile 2. No jingle or clank 3. Don’t fidget or fiddle 4. Don’t read verbatim 5. Speak to the person inside the camera
  10. 10. Makin’ Videos
  11. 11. 1. Have your goals in mind Audience; Teens; Website; Reading
  12. 12. 2. Develop a script & storyboard Notecards; key phrases
  13. 13. 3. Find a good location Undistracting; non-glare; matte finish; quiet
  14. 14. Is this a good background? Is this a good background?
  15. 15. Is this a good background? Is this a good background? “Sun through the window” by Bearfaced available on Flickr
  16. 16. Is this a good background? How about this one?
  17. 17. 4. Speak clearly To mic or not to mic
  18. 18. 5. Practice
  19. 19. 6. Do multiple takes Editing is your friend
  20. 20. 7. Get a good tripod and use it
  21. 21. Is this a good background?Tripods
  22. 22. 8. Set up your shots. ‘Rule of thirds’
  23. 23. 9. Learn your video camera
  24. 24. Is this a good background?Camera Options • Professional (Tape) • Point-and-Shoot or DSLR (SD Card) • Flipcam (Built-in storage) • Cellphone
  25. 25. Is this a good background?Video file formats Common Formats  .mov  .m4v  .wmv  .avi  .mkv SD vs. HD
  26. 26. 10. Tell a story
  27. 27. 11. Use good lighting
  28. 28. Key Fill Back
  29. 29. 12. Have fun!
  30. 30. Time to record
  31. 31. Let’s edit
  32. 32. Publishing Options
  33. 33. Thanks! laura.johnson@nebraska.gov michael.sauers@nebraska.gov

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