|Nothing fancy, just make sure the |
videoscreen rotates facing forward.
|A desktop computer may also serve as |
a teleprompter during shooting if the
camera is mounted atop the screen.
|Video production, a skill many|
adults wish they'd learned as kids.
I made my first video production teaching a group of high school art students in 1972, before home video was even invented. We used an 8mm movie camera and a cassette recorder. A ten-minute comedy production took six weeks to plan, shoot, and edit. I decided not to compete with Steven Spielberg. A few years later, I blessed the geeks at Sony who invented Betamax. I taught a high school course in electronic arts and sciences. The "portable" recording unit weighed 20 pounds, and editing was crude, more art than science, with a good deal of luck thrown in. (I had a very cooperative school librarian.) My first "how-to" video was created out of sheer self-survival using a reel-to-reel video recorder in black and white--four chalk-board demonstrations on the mysteries of linear perspective. They saved me from having to give the same instructional performance five time a day, two days in a row for each lesson (virtually all instructional videos require the element of repetition to be effective).
Retirement gave me the time to experiment, learn, and produce another series of short videos on art history. The steady march of digital technology gave me the wherewithal do so on a meager budget. YouTube gave me the public forum to present them. You'll find them there bearing the title of this blog. The content is a translation of glowing words to, admittedly, less-than-glowing audio-video presentations. As I mentioned before, the competition online is overwhelming. But in teaching art via video, that one word, "content" is the number one consideration. The theme comes first, then the script (ad-libbing is okay only when demonstrating but even then, requires a good deal of deft editing). The setting, camera work, lighting, and sound are far less important than one might think. The key element in all these is experimentation. It costs virtually nothing but time and some creative effort. In any case, do NOT let this aspect overwhelm the content. It is a means, not an end. If this part fascinates you the most, skip shooting about art and make the video a work of art itself.
|Lighting, strong on one side,|
not so much on the other.
|For the small, digital camcorders|
today, a lightweight tripod will suffice.
My most recent art history production, also my longest and least viewed.