I’m honored to present an interview with Amani Channel from WebVideoChefs.com.
Here’s just a bit of information in Amani’s words from his About page:
- My passions are education, video, and technology.
- My background is in broadcast news, video production, social media, and PR.
- I worked as a broadcast news journalist for about ten years in some the country’s largest media markets.
- I’ve produced everything from live Internet broadcasts, to Satellite Media Tours, corporate videos, and Webinars. Basically if it involves video or multimedia, I’ve done it.
- My focus now is helping others learn about and leverage video/multimedia production.
- Shoot with the edit in mind. Don’t overshoot and make more work for yourself. Get enough to tell the story.
- Use a tripod!
- Shoot wide, medium and tight shots. Long shot is the establishing shot. Medium shot is the more general shot used to shoot your footage. Close-ups for cutaways or a specific thing to show the audience. Mix and match to make your story.
- Most edits are 4-6 seconds long so you only need to record 10 seconds on each shot and then you can cut them to
- For voiceovers match visuals with narration. “If you can’t see it or show it you can’t say it.” Have visuals of everything you are talking about!
- Keep a talking head vlog short and possibly add some still pictures
- If you can’t vary your shots try adding some simple text points on the screen or create a simple slide to add to the video. Something to break up the monotony will help keep interest.
Here is the video Amani talks about during the interview of Devin driving his new car. It is a good illustration of using different shots to keep the video interesting.
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