When you’re making a video about students applying to college after overcoming hardships, start by collecting supporting shots and natural sound bites.
There might be a formal celebration for their achievement - in our case, a march from the school to the post office. Get video of the procession and students cheering. Arrive early so you can film them starting out - and follow them along the way.
Get a mixture of close-ups and faraway shots. Notice how we got close-ups of this girl giving high-fives…and this encouraging sign. Then we got faraway shots of them arriving at the post office. It helps to stand across the street in this case.
Next, follow them inside and film them mailing applications! Get shots of students lined up in front of the mail slot…and dropping envelopes in. It’s good to get close-ups of their hands depositing the letters. It might be a tight space that you’ll have to share with other photographers, so it helps to crouch down.
Make sure you capture the students’ reaction after sending the mail…like this girl jumping up and down and cheering. Those make great natural sound bites!
Now collect four separate interviews. You’ll want to talk to the principal of the school, a teacher there, and two students applying to college.
Ask the principal to explain what the celebration is all about, and why it’s a big deal for the students. What kind of hardships were they faced with?
Ask the teacher how it feels to watch them finally succeed.
Ask the first student to tell you their personal backstory…and what obstacles they overcame. Then ask the second one if they think other students should pursue higher education. Record each answer as a separate sound bite.
Now decide which sound bites you want to use. Try to end with an inspirational bite that shows how hard work pays off!
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!