PLAN | SCRIPTING | SETUP | SABJECT



Plan:

Let's talk about how you're actually going to get this done. It all starts with a plan. And well laid plans truly create much better videos. So I want you to spend as much time if not far more time creating the plan for your first video then you do actually filming the video. So you don't have to have something elaborate. It can be as simple as a simple bullet point, but you want to think it all the way through and make sure that your video has some structure, a beginning a middle and an end so that people can follow along and get some real value out of it or some real entertainment you definitely don't have to plan every word that you're going to say. In fact, I find that that tends to make first video a lot more difficult and a lot more awkward when you're trying to read a script or read a teleprompter or anything like that. So just use a simple bullet point. It's okay if your words aren't perfectly polished if you got some pauses some some eyes, no matter at all. You can edit a lot of that out and you will get better with every additional video you do. But the way to get better is to really just to speak naturally and not try to read a script to sound perfect. Once you have your plan. You're getting close to filming your video and so it's time to get yourself ready. So there are different things you might want to do to improve 


Appearance:

your appearance. Maybe you want to put on some makeup or do your hair. Maybe you want to choose a nice looking shirt. It doesn't matter that much. But you want to make yourself look as good as you reasonably can. Because think about it hundreds maybe 1000s of people are going to watch this video. We'll talk more about that a little bit later. But you're putting yourself out there. It's kind of like you're stepping on a stage. So take a few minutes at least to get yourself looking presentable. And now it's time to set up to actually film the video. So you're gonna put your camera on your tripod or your bookshelf or your windowsill. 


Setup:

You're going to set up so that it is aiming at where you are going to sit or whatever the subject is that you're going to film. And then you're going to position your light so that your subject is nicely lit. Like I said you normally want that light to be at an angle pointing at your subject or pointing at your face so that you can light your face very nicely and make sure that you do balance between the lights. If you just have one really strong light coming in from one side, you're gonna have some harsh shadows and things will look a little bit wonky. So you want to make sure that you have some balance. So for example, a lamp on one side and a window on the other and ideally all the light is about the same color. So you want to avoid having like a really yellow light bulb and then having cool light coming in from the window. Now you can get around this by simply only having one light source like just a window but if you do add a second light source, it makes sure that it's a really similar color to the first next as part of setting up you are going to frame your shot but basically what this means is just that you are going to position your camera in a specific way specific place a specific angle so that your subject is in the right place in your shot.


Sabject:

 So for example, you might want your subject to be centered or you might want to have your subject on one of the third lines most of the time for YouTube videos is someone talking to the camera and they are sintered because we want it to feel natural and conversational and that's generally how we talk to people in real life is we face them and we are centered with them. 

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