Planning & Rehearsal Session
- The video team will discuss a strategy for the course (possibly over several meetings) so that your pedagogical and learning needs can be met.
- The Online Learning and video team will schedule a rehearsal session for you so that you can see the environment and determine what you’d like to bring with you to the real filming.
- For the promo video, plan on a 3-hour session.
- For course videos, plan on 2 hours for every one hour of finished video.
Be sure to come prepared and ready to deliver content in 3-8 minute sections (6 minutes is ideal).
- On Location: You can view your script, slides, or notes through a teleprompter or cue cards.
- Green Screen: You can view your script, slides, or notes through a teleprompter.
What To Wear
- Dark, solid colors work best but not black (blues, dark red, purples, dark cream and browns). If you’re recording in front of a green screen, do not wear green (any shade).
- Wear comfortable shoes. Most likely, they won’t be seen on camera.
- Keep in mind that it is ideal to have a place to clip on a microphone (a collar or lapel).
- Light powder to reduce shine may be applied on set; if you require other makeup services, please alert the team.
- Avoid stark white or bright yellow shirts that tend to reflect too much light.
- Avoid fabrics with complicated patterns such as checks, close stripes, herringbones, tweeds, and loud plaids and those fabrics with too much sheen.
- Avoid shiny jewelry and metal tie clips.
Tips for Speaking On Camera
- Enunciate your words – It is important that you speak clearly.
- Speak at a moderate pace – Use a normal speaking pace, not too slow or too fast.
- If you use your hands when you speak, that’s great! No need to do anything different when on camera.
- Make sentences simple and concise – If you watch a TV news program, you will notice that the anchorperson speaks in short sound bites. It is easier for people to retain information if it is provided in short sound bites.
- Change the inflection of your voice – A great way to highlight a key point is to raise your voice inflection.
- Consider your audience – Some comments may not be appropriate for everyone in your global audience.
- Smile! – Your expression shows in your voice. By smiling, you are projecting a positive tone.
Notes on Movement and Expression
- Make eye contact – Although you are not speaking face-to-face, you will be more effective if you appear to be speaking directly to your students. You can achieve this by looking straight ahead at the camera in front of you.
- Avoid only using only your eyes to look at your slides or to look away when collecting your thoughts . Turn your head as well if you need to look away from the camera.
- Smile! – Smiling is the surest way to win over an audience. It conveys a positive spirit for the program and makes participants more willing to join in.
These tips were modified from the National Association of College and University Business Officers: Speaker Corner