Filming Approaches

Okay, so let’s talk about filming approaches. And where we would step away from teaching of the desktop, if you like, step away from the desk and actually be on a location might be an interior location, it might be an exterior location, but where we’re doing a course that requires a degree or a large degree of demonstration on camera, okay? Now, basically, there are various strategic approaches to how you would do this. One is to actually use the desktop teaching to give you a master track for what it is you’d want to illustrate. And then go and shoot the B roll the so called B roll footage of you doing the actual performance or the actual demonstration of whatever it might be, and dropping that over the master track. In other words, you would have to get two or three visual layers going on inside your editing. But where you’ve actually started the process by getting your main master track teaching down with the concepts, the specific examples, blah, blah, blah, blah using something like a mind map or slides to guide you as you’re teaching that stuff, and then basically dropping the probably silent B roll footage into that. The second progression of that would be to actually insert and drop that second exterior layer, that exterior films layer onto your master track, your desktop filmed master drank that to allow audio through with those inserts. So to have a mixture basically, of stuff taught to the desktop, and stuff taught outside, that will be a second approach. A third approach might well be to decide to shoot everything on location, and basically basically have your entire demonstration your entire course, taught on location. And now it’s a little bit outside the scope of this particular course to go into all the various techniques on how to do that. But at the state that you’re doing that you’re really moving more towards the style of shooting, the style of filming that we’re using. documentary filmmaking. So in other words, setting yourself up with in a location getting something like a lavalley or a radio mic on you probably having the camera or smartphone or what have you on some kind of tripod or stabilization. You know, you’re starting to get into a full filming setup at the stage that you’re doing that one of the things that’s been a bit of a game changer, obviously has been smartphones, and it has opened up the possibility to film yourself in a much more informal way in setting nature or setting an environment. So literally with a smartphone in your hand, you can actually you know, just basically film whole scenes or whole instructional lectures, literally holding the smartphone, you might have it on a selfie stick, or you might have it again on some kind of some kind of other stabilization tripod or maybe on a gorilla pod, which will allow you to clamp the cameras clamp a smartphone onto a lamppost or onto onto a tripod You’re on a bench or something like that, you can start to experiment with those kinds of setups. But what I would say is that at the stage that you’re stepping into that kind of filming, you need still to have enough structure in the teaching to be able to do it effectively. And so if I, if I was going out on location, for example, I might well have index cards where I’d have to structure what I’m going to teach, actually, literally on physical index cards, you know, I’d be in the set, I’d have the camera set, I’d have the audio set, I’d have the index card, I’d review the teaching points, I probably put the card down at that point, or have it in my hand, teach the stuff through and then perhaps use the card occasionally, just as a point of reference, to make sure I’ve actually covered the ground that I would want to cover in the filming. I mean, needless to say, if you aren’t doing this kind of more documentary style filming, it helps tremendously to have a second person who’s actually helping film you whilst you’re actually presenting for example, whilst you’re actually teaching the stuff Yeah, so that’s that’s the kind of the, I suppose the main strategic approaches to filming an online course, where you move away from the desktop or where you have a significant component away from the desktop, there’s a kind of third thing I think is worth flagging up, which is, there’s a whole series of software’s that are coming onto the market now, that allows that are allowing a much more filmic approach to audio visual stuff done really quite easily. Some of these aren’t showing the editing module in module four, but things like for example, by Audible does allow really very professional, fairly short for the most part, videos with animated stuff or you know, or well shot professionally shot stock footage with good soundtracks and all the rest of it, and very professional graphics to start to really provide a very professional short film, a device basically, that you could use inside your courses. I personally use bidorbuy For the promo videos of some of the courses I release out on Udemy, for example, or you have sought you have apps like lumen five, which again, will, you know, you can put a script in, and it will start to construct a visual experience around the script or around a blog article. Things like that, or in video is another one that hit the market relatively recently, where you have things like whiteboard, software’s and apps, of which one well known when one well known one is video scribe. And these are the things but you’ll sort of see a hand actually drawing stuff on the screen, as you’re actually as you’re actually speaking. Yeah. But again, what I would caution you is that, however, well, you design all the visual elements in animation or with artificial intelligence style apps and all the rest of it. Even something like byteball which is absolutely excellent. Probably one of the best I’ve I’ve come across, you know, nonetheless, when you’re actually teaching educational material, you’ll Got to be quite hard pushed to get these software’s to really carry the job of actually teaching the course. At the end of the day, it is going to settle back down on you as the instructor. And that’s going to be to do with your energy to do with your organization to do with your state to do with your preparedness to do with your ability to draw and metaphor, intuition, make associative leaps, and basically pull the whole thing together into an instructional experience, which basically carries the job. These other things like byteball, lumen five, in video, video, scribe and a plethora of other stuff can actually help augment the central instructor job, but they don’t really replace it. Yeah. So don’t don’t make the mistake of thinking that an app can do the job that in fact, you need to do