When you’re making a video about a cell phone ban being lifted in schools, start by collecting natural sound bites
Go to the press conference where the new policy is explained and get video of speakers. We filmed the mayor and the chancellor of schools as they talked about it. I stood off to side and close to the front for good shots. You can break down their comments into natural sound bites for your video.
Now collect two separate interviews. Talk to two students affected by the changes and ask how they feel. Are they relieved to carry their phones? Do they think it could cause any problems? Record each answer as a separate sound bite.
Now collect your supporting shots. Get video of students using their cell phones in and around the school. Notice how we got shots of this girl chatting on her phone outside…and this boy texting in the lobby. Make sure you get close-up shots of the phone in their hands.
It’s also good to get video of school building from outside…and people walking through the hallways.
Now it’s time for your part as a reporter. You’ll want to write six sound bites - one to set up the story, four to advance the story, and one to sign off. Record yourself delivering those sound bites.
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 reporter and interview sound bites in the order you want them to play. Play back your sound bites and tap your supporting shots to follow them!