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 if you're in a school, class is in session while you're 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, and limited parking.
- Prepare the students for what is about to take place. Tell them not to look at the cameras or microphones.
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' and students', or experts' 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 goals.
Many classrooms and other educational settings are very dynamic, and attempting to capture the interchange between educator and child might require several cameras shooting at different angles. It is important to plan lighting and camera locations to allow for shooting in multiple directions. This may also require monitoring to take place outside the room.
One final note about the production stage: If you bring an advisor with you to the taping, it is important to clearly define her role ahead of time. The on-site advisor should be someone who can easily relate to the educators. Build time into the shoot schedule for advisor input.