Documentation:Digital Tattoo Student Orientation/Creating Video/Planning

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Before any kind of video work happens, it is important to plan out exactly how your video unfolds, the equipment you need, the people you need to talk to, etc... This will make things a lot more organized and easier to handle as you move along the processes.

Below are a few highly recommended processes that me and my team used when planning out videos.

Brainstorming

To get the initial idea, brainstorming is a key activity to do, especially within a team setting. While you may choose how to discuss your video ideas based on personal preferences, the only important thing to note here is to keep in mind the the ultimate message you hope to get across with your video, and how it aligns with Digital Tattoo project goals.

Script

Writing out a script was important in helping my team flesh out and arrange our content. The script writing, which happens after the brainstorming process with the entire team, is usually done by one team member for the sake of efficiency. Too many people working on the creation of the initial draft script can cause the your "plot line" to be very fragmented. Once the draft script is finished, the rest of the team looks at the draft script and makes changes to it collaboratively. I used/highly recommend Google Docs as a place to write out the script, as it allows live editing by multiple people at the same time. Note that you do have to have an account with Google to access Google Docs.

I found it extremely helpful to organize my script into a 2 column-table, as it was useful when it came to planning out the kind of images I wanted alongside my script.

Google docs script example.png

Notice how the script lines are written on the left, and the image links/citations referred to by the script lines are listed on the right.

While writing and editing the script, I found it useful to start planning out the kind of images I wanted in the video. My team and I started searching for images whenever we could, and kept the document up to date with image links and citations. This made finding those images during the editing process and listing correct citations during the publishing process much easier. For more information on how to cite images, check out UBC Copyright's online guide to image citation and other related topics regarding proper image copyright.

Click here for an example of a full, columned script.