Develop the Concept |
Design the Project |
Assemble the Team
Once you have the treatment (lesson plan) signed off by your advisors, you are ready to begin production. This is really no different from any video production, except that school is in session while you are shooting, so keep the following tips in mind:
- Try to be unobtrusive by setting up before classes start.
- Identify and use a staging area away from classrooms and busy hallways.
- Avoid hallways when classes are changing.
- Try to negotiate the shooting day with the school schedule.
- Schools might also present particular logistical considerations, such as limited power supply, lack of elevators, limited parking, etc.
The general process is really no different from the video production with which you are already well acquainted. But if you expect to stream these videos on the Web, consult a Web producer on the particulars of video production for the Web. You should also identify your graphic needs and meet with your designer so the graphics will be ready when you need them for post-production.
Determine the supporting voices you will need, such as teachers, students, or expert reflections or commentary. You will want interviewees who can speak succinctly and at a level appropriate to your audience. They may have to carry difficult pedagogical content, so the questions you ask, in some cases, may need to be very direct and almost didactic. It is very important for the teacher to define his/her goals.
One final note about the production stage: If you bring an advisor with you to the taping, it is important to clearly define his/her role ahead of time. The onsite advisor should be someone who can easily relate to teachers. Build time into the shoot schedule for advisor input.