We’re always looking for ways to give our viewers fresh content home grown in their own communities. That’s why we’re inviting high school and college students all over the world to interview local authors or people on the street in their city and share their videos with us.
Your video should be:
Tip: Include only the interview responses you find most interesting, thoughtful, or compelling.
2.Under 2 minutes in length
Tip: Cut out unnecessary ums, pauses, and less relevant portions of the interview to shorten your video.
3. Audible; you should be able to clearly hear and understand what your subject is saying
Tip: If it’s windy outside, conduct your interviews indoors. Use an external microphone (a microphone that attaches to your camera or another recording device) whenever possible. Examples of external microphones include lavalier mics, boom mics, and shotgun mics. If you don’t have access to an external mic, then opt for a quiet, secluded place to conduct your interviews.
4. Framed appropriately; your subject’s head and torso should be within the frame
Tip: Place your subject somewhere in the right- or left-hand third of your screen and ask them to look across the screen when they speak. This framing technique is called the Rule of Thirds. Watch the video below to see an example of the Rule of Thirds in action.
That said, when in doubt place your subject in the center of your screen and ask them to look at the camera when they speak.
5. In focus; your subject should be the central focus on your video
Tip: Zooming in on your subject isn’t necessarily the same thing as adjusting your camera’s focus. If your subject is out of focus, they will look blurry to you on your screen or viewfinder. Double check your camera’s focus before the interview begins to make sure your subject looks sharp.
6. Well-lit: you should be able to clearly see your subject
Tip: Conduct your interviews during the day rather than in the evening if you’re interviewing subjects outside. Avoid conducting your interviews under direct sunlight as this can cast shadows over their faces. Slightly overcast days are best for outdoor interviews (just make sure it isn’t raining). Avoid placing your subjects directly in front of windows; this may create a silhouette effect and make them difficult to see. If you’re conducting your interviews indoors, choose a location with strong lighting.
7. Submitted with release forms; you must obtain a signed release form from every person you interview. If you interview someone under the age of 18, you must obtain a signed release form from their parent or legal guardian. Printable release forms can be found here. You will be asked to submit a release form for every subject you interview. Submissions without release forms will not be considered.
Tip: Before you head out with a camera, double-check to make sure you have plenty of release forms. It’s always good to bring a few more than you think you’ll need.
Watch these videos for more tips:
We encourage you to explore our website to get a better sense of the kinds of videos we publish at Booklandia.tv.
Stumped on what to ask your subject? Try asking them the following:
-What are you reading right now?
-What’s a book that had a major impact on you growing up?
-What’s your favorite book of all time?
-What’s a book you couldn’t put down?
-Who is your favorite author?
-If you could recommend one book, which would you recommend?
-Do you have a book you like to read over and over again? If so, which book?
-Who is your favorite fictional character?
If you have additional questions, email our staff experts! We’re here to help.
Contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org
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