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Preparing an Athletic Recruiting Video (continued)

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INTRODUCE YOURSELF

  1. Athlete: Wear casual clothes, neat, clean and business-like.

    Talk to the camera operator. Tell them what you have to say, in a conversational way, as though they have never heard this before. And SMILE! You want the Coaches to think "Wow! This is someone I'd really like to work with for the next four years."

  2. Camera Operator: If you don't have an external microphone move the camera in close and zoom out to show the athlete (moving the camera closer moves the camera microphone closer to the speaker). Don't shoot your video from across the room. It may look good, but we won't be able to hear the speaker.

  3. Use a tripod. If you don't have one, put the camera on a pile of books or some other support at the subject's eye level.

  4. Look through your view finder and make sure your subject is well illuminated. You may have to reposition a lamp to do this. If you shoot outside, avoid direct sunlight. Soft broken light is much better.

    While you're looking through your view finder, make sure nothing is "growing" out of the top of your subject's head -- no light posts, telephone poles, house plants or lamp stands.


    Figure 1
    When you frame your subject, be especially mindful of "head room." Figure 1 shows a badly framed shot. It makes Jack look like he's standing in a hole. Too much head room.

    Figure 2 shows a better framing.


    Figure 2

  5. Select a locale with a minimum of background sound: No leaf-blowers, forced-air furnaces, refrigerators, garbage trucks, etc.

  6. Put a fresh roll of tape in the camera. Start recording with the lens cap on (or with your hand covering the lens) and record ten seconds of black. Remove your hand or the lens cap, restart the camera, tell your subject you're "rolling," tell them to think "SMILE" and have them mentally count down slowly from five to zero before beginning to talk. This gives the subject an opportunity to focus on what's about to be said, and gives an editor a bit of blank tape before the talking starts.

    Tape is cheap. Remember that you're going after a $100,000 prize. Record the introductory statement as many times as it takes to get it absolutely perfect. Each time you record it, allow about five seconds to elapse after the camera starts recording before you start talking.

  7. If you're not sure about making this video tape, you may find our Tips For Better Video and our collection of Timely Tips to be helpful, especially the tips on lighting.

    If you still don't feel comfortable making your own video, or you don't have a camera, give us a call at 425-641-4811 and we'll arrange to do it for you, at VideOccasions or in your home.

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Last updated 11/19/07