A digital framework
I have really enjoyed this YouTube video called: Blogging - The staff experience.
Taking Bronwyn's advice, here are a couple of guidelines that I have developed from watching the video above and others.
- Keep it short. I have given myself a time of under 10 minutes for my video which will fit YouTube's criteria and hopefully not bore people to death.
- Keep it simple. Too many flashy effects can distract from the message of the video.
- If filming people, make sure the lighting is good. Same applies with sound.
- Tell a story.
Here is a review of some of the tips and guidelines about interviewing that I have found.
From the US Veterans History Project comes this advice:
- Use very good quality recording equipment, both video and audio.
- Use a microphone that is external from the video camera, positioning it about 9 inches from the interviewee.
- Test the equipment before you start recording.
- Make sure there is no external noise that will interfere with the recording, such as a telephone ringing.
- Use a tripod, so that handshake does not affect the quality of the film
- Use a light source that comes behind the camera. If you shoot with light behind your subject, the person will appear as a silhouette
- Do not use the zoom feature unless you really need to. This is because it doesn't look very good when showing on the Internet and it slows up the download speed.
Robin Liss says:
- Keep the interviewee to the side of the shot
- Film the person's head and upper chest
- Get the interviewee to maintain eye contact with you, rather than the camera
- Get the interviewee to talk to you in a natural conversation
- Encourage the interviewee to relax
- Have a plan and stick to it
- Don't worry if the person makes a mistake, especially if the interview is going to be edited
- Have the questions prepared before the interview so the participants are comfortable with what they want to say, and the interviewer does not forget what she is trying to find out.
- Keep the audience in mind when making the video. Make sure things are explained in a language that the general public will understand, not just midwives.
- When devising questions remember to ask who, what, when, where, why and how.
- Ask open ended questions
- Keep the questions short
- Think about the answers you want which will help you devise the questions that will create the answers.
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