How-To Video

First, form a team with classmates. At the end of class Friday I’d like each team to fill in one card that lists:

  • Who’s on the team? (1 to 4 students per team)
  • What is your topic? (What are you going to teach/demonstrate to people?)

PLEASE NOTE: If you want to work alone or with just two people, you can choose something very simple and straightforward. If you are on a team of 4 people, choose something more complex. If you’re on a team of 5 people, split into two teams of 3 and 2. (Maximum on a team is 4.)

With your new team you will create a How-To Video.

It needs to be instructional and show a step-by-step process.* For instance:

  • How to cook something
  • How to build something
  • How to repair something
  • How to do a trick on a skateboard
  • How to put on make-up or create a certain hairstyle
  • How to change a tire on a car or fix a bicycle chain
  • How to sew on a button (better be careful with camera focus on the close-ups if you do something like this)

Video should be 1-2 minutes long. Your video will be successful if a person could watch it and actually follow the steps. Could someone actually learn from the video? (This is a BIG challenge and not easy to do!)

Start by writing a script. You could use a voice over or you could use words on the screen explaining the steps (or you could use both). Do NOT use spoken dialogue. Then plan a storyboard. What shots will you need to clearly show the steps in the process?

If you use a Voice Over narration, lay down the audio first and then edit the video to illustrate the words. PLACE AUDIO BEFORE YOU PLACE & EDIT VIDEO!

When you shoot, get multiple angles, multiple screen sizes, cutaways so you have footage to work with when you’re editing.

*No, you can’t do “How to ask out a girl” or “How to sneak into class late.” Read above: It says “instructional” and “step-by-step process.”