A while back I saw a post on HARO (Help A Reporter Out) asking for video talent for On Demand Media. It sounded like a fun, new opportunity to get my name out, so I sent the producer a note.
In her reply, she asked me for some video samples to review and photos of my office, since that was my preferred film location. After completing my tasks, and approved as a talent, my profile was set up and we began the process of selecting titles that fit my area of expertise. We went through a number of topics and picked 14 that I felt comfortable presenting on. The minimum requirement for a project is 10 videos, since they are fairly short.
Once the project was created, I had to wait for a film crew to select the project. My crew came in from New Jersey to shoot at my office. The crew was a father and son team and they had all the necessary bells and whistles to make the project come to life. I was mic’ed, they set up their lights and we rearranged my desk a bit for a distraction free viewing experience. The whole filming process took about 4 hours. We filmed me giving the introductions and exits to each of the videos, some shots of my hands on the keyboard, mouse and using my smart phone, and I recorded some on screen work using CamStudio.
The one mistake I made was not having the actual script written down. I assumed I’d be on camera the whole time, so I only had bullet point notes. Now that I know the bulk of the film is the actual screen, I can read a script and they can set up the voice over for a smoother listening experience (plus it will hide the hesitation in my voice if I feel nervous).
Take a peek at one of the videos:
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