play button Creating a Video About a Book Reading

Creating a Video About a Book Reading

In this tutorial you will learn how to create a video about a book reading. In our example we cover a story about a children’s author Nick Cannon reading his work aloud.

Recipe

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STEP ONE

When you’re making a video about a children’s author reading their work aloud  - in our case, celebrity Nick Cannon - start by collecting supporting shots and natural sound bites.

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STEP TWO

Arrive early so you can get a comfortable spot at the front of the crowd.  Make sure you’re filming as the author makes an entrance.  Then keep rolling as they read excerpts from their book.  We crouched down for the best shots of Nick reading.  You can use some of those shots as natural sound bites in your video.

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STEP THREE

You’ll also want video of children reacting to the visit - and interacting with the author.  Notice how we filmed as Nick got down on the floor to play with the kids.  It’s good to show them having fun in the moment - like playing music with this little boy.

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STEP FOUR

The author will probably sign autographs and pose with fans, so make sure you film that too!  We got shots of Nick taking a picture with this girl and her mother.

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STEP FIVE

Make sure you get close-up shots or snap pictures of the book too!

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STEP SIX

Now collect two separate interviews.  Talk to the author and a parent who brought their kids to see him.  It’s good to interview someone you filmed posing with him.

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STEP SEVEN

Ask the parent how they found out about the event and how their child is enjoying it.

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STEP EIGHT

Ask the author why they chose the venue and why they connect with the audience.  Where did they get inspiration for their work?  Did they overcome any struggles?

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STEP NINE

Now decide which sound bites you want to use.  It’s good to end with with a bite of the author concluding their reading. 

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STEP TEN

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!