The Film Process

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Here are a few filming and editing tips we hope will help you through the process. Please know, however, that you may film your students in any manner that works for you. We offer these suggestions only for those who wish to use them.

Before Filming

  • We recommend that those individuals involved in the coordination and production of the video clip do the following:
  • Pick out a location.
  • Think about what camera(s) will be used.
  • Decide what music you would like to use and save the track as an mp3 file on your computer.
  • Develop an idea about where people will stand and how many types of shots you will film.

Filming Day

  • Set up cameras and sound equipment ahead of time.

NOTE: We used two steady cameras and two handhelds. All were either Mini-DV or Hard Drive camcorders. The two steady cams were on tripods and were positioned off the ground between 6-15 feet. Raising the cameras helped get a better angle without being too much of a bird's eye view. We used two steady cams mostly so that we would have a backup if one camera failed at a bad moment. Handhelds were used mostly to document the event.

We had a small sound system with a few microphones which we used as way to play the song loud enough to motivate the group.

  • Film a small clip of scenery around your school or city for a few seconds of introduction.
  • Play the song as students walk in and find their positions. Once everyone is in place, explain that there will be several shots.
  • Start the music somewhere in the middle of the song so that it leads up to one of the crescendos without taking too long.
  • Expect each take to be about 1-2 minutes.

NOTE: Once we filmed the whole group, we then filmed one age group at a time
while the others took a break and watched. This gave us a chance to zoom in and
do slow pans of each age group.

Editing and Other Tips

  • Film everything! You might want to use the extra footage for other things beyond the project.
  • Back up video footage in several places after filming.
  • If possible, try to film in high resolution - such as 1080p.
  • Preferred video formats are mpeg, avi, or flv. DVD Video, TS files, and wmv formats should be avoided, if possible.
  • Once your portion of the project is complete, please contact us, and we will work out a way to transfer the footage.

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