Video, Let’s Get Technical
Paper application? That’s like, so yesterday. Now you Gen X, Y and Millennial candidates get a chance to wow the admissions committee with your dope multimedia “skillz.” This blog post is excerpted from Accepted.com's special report, Audio & Video in Admissions: Get Ready for Prime Time which discusses how to successfully create a one- to two-minute audio or video clip.
Imagine you’re a pro rock-climber, contemplating the 300-foot granite face looming above. To succeed, you need to visualize how you’ll make it to the top. It’s the same with video. Envision what you want to see on the screen, then plan, plan, plan ahead!
Print out several copies of a template. Draw out each shot. It doesn’t have to be complicated at all. Use stick figures. Just make a quick sketch to envision what you’ll see through the camera.
Each shot should last between three and five seconds. Under three seconds, people might have a har time grasping what is going on, and over five seconds, people generally become bored. When you’re speaking to the camera, however, you can hold the shot for a little longer, like seven to eight seconds. So for a one minute clip, you’ll need about 12-15 different shots.
Under the picture, write the portion of the script that you plan to say.
Variation of shots: Sequence and Distance
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This article originally appeared on the Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog, the official blog of Accepted.com.