When you’re making a video about an alternative Halloween activity - in our case, a community-created spooky walk - start by collecting four separate interviews. Talk to someone who helped organize the walk, two volunteer performers, and a family who came to participate.
Ask the director what went into planning the event and how it benefits the community. Who are the performers? Why is it a good alternative for families on Halloween?
Ask each performer why they like to participate and how long they’ve been at it. How do they get in character? Then have them act out some of their routine for you - you can use parts of their skit as natural sound bites in your video.
Ask the family why they made the effort to come and why they wanted something different to do on Halloween. It’s good to get reaction from a child about what they thought. Record each answer as a separate sound bite.
Now collect your supporting shots. Get video at different points in the walk. We started out by getting shots at the entrance and then filmed different parts as we walked through - like this girl holding a hatchet, and this woman lying in a coffin.
Make sure you get lots of video of the performers you interviewed. Notice how we got faraway shots of this haunted butcher’s stand…and close-up shots of him sawing off a plastic leg.
Candid moments are the best, so try to capture them. Notice how we were rolling as this family got scared by a wolf-man jumping out from around the corner.
When deciding which sound bites you want to use, try to end with a bite that shows how the event keeps the community together and safe.
To put it together, open Videolicious. Select your supporting shots in Step 1 in the order that matches your sound bites. In Step 2, import your sound bites in the order you want them to play. Play back your sound bites and tap your supporting shots to follow them!