Video Production Guide and Tentative Schedule for the Families and Children of Prisoners Group

This is the Video Production Guide and the Tentative Schedule for the Ambassadors of Amachi Pittsburgh. When asked, the Ambassadors wanted to focus their self-made video on education, children, and incarceration.

Ambassador Video Production Guide

Stages to Making a Video:

  • Stage 1: Strategic Planning
    • Purpose and Goals of Video
    • To Do: Create goals and brainstorm; create script; put script on board (unless planning to memorize); find additional footage to add in
  • Stage 2: Pre-Production
    • Planning technical aspects to creating and filming the video
    • To Do: Determine where you are going to shoot the video, whether or not you need to stage a scene, whether or not you will need to make props/costumes
  • Stage 3: Production
    • Shoot the video
    • To Do: act; direct; hold script cards
  • Stage 4: Post-Production
    • Put video together
    • To Do: Edit the video
  • Stage 5: Distribution & Marketing
    • Distribute and promote your video
    • Share with friends and family; share through social media (website, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, email)

Sources: http://www.reelmarketer.com/how-to-make-a-promotional-video/

Groups:

  • Production/Actors
  • Script Writers
  • Scene/Prop Design
  • Film Crew
  • Editors

**Do we have someone who wants to be the secretary/note-taker during production?

  • Take notes at beginning of meeting/Reviews notes and goals from prior meetings
  • Take notes at the end of meeting

 

Schedule (Tentative):

11/21/15—Stage 1: Strategic Planning

  • Introduction to video plans
    • Discuss stages, groups, and schedules
  • Goal Setting
    • What are we trying to accomplish with this video?
    • Who is our intended audience?
  • Brainstorming Ideas
    • Everyone work to brainstorm ideas/content
    • Come together and share ideas; finalize all that we want in video
  • Split up into groups for the rest of video planning and production; beginning working in groups next meeting (12/5/15)

 

12/5/15—Stage 1 & Stage 2: Planning & Pre-Production

  • Review goals for the day
  • Split up into groups:
    • Production/Actors / Script Writers / Scene/Prop Design work together today
      • Create script
      • Determine where we are going to shoot the video
      • Do we need to stage a scene?
      • Will we need to make props/costumes?
    • Film Crew
      • Familiarize yourselves with the camera; practice
    • Editors
      • Familiarize yourselves with video editing software
    • Reconvene
      • Have each group review what they accomplished today
      • Review/Add to script—if approved by all, split up for memorization or transfer onto script cards
      • Are we ready for production during the next two meetings? (Can extend the Pre-production stage for as long as it takes)

 

12/19/15—Stage 2 & Stage 3: Pre-Production & Production

  • Review goals for the day
  • Finalize everything that needs to be accomplished before filming
    • Review notes from the end of last meeting
  • Split up into groups:
    • Production/Actors
      • Begin shooting video
      • Production: keep everyone and everything on track
      • Actors: act
    • Script Writers
      • Hold up script cards
      • Help actors with lines if need be
    • Scene/Prop Design
      • Keep everything on track with scene/props/costumes, etc.
      • Work alongside Production
    • Film Crew
      • Film
    • Editors
      • Work with Film Crew
    • Reconvene
      • Have each group review what they accomplished today
      • What are our goals for the next meeting?
      • Is there anything we need to change with the script/set/props?

 

1/2/16—Stage 3: Production

  • Review goals for the day
  • Split up into groups:
    • Production/Actors
      • Begin shooting video
      • Production: keep everyone and everything on track
      • Actors: act
    • Script Writers
      • Hold up script cards
      • Help actors with lines if need be
    • Scene/Prop Design
      • Keep everything on track with scene/props/costumes, etc.
      • Work alongside Production
    • Film Crew
      • Film
    • Editors
      • Work with Film Crew
    • Reconvene
      • Have each group review what they accomplished today
      • What are our goals for the next meeting?
      • Are we ready to edit and put together the video?

 

1/16/16—Stage 4: Post-Production

  • Review goals for the day
  • Edit the video
    • Do we need to add more to the video?
    • Do we need to reshoot any scene?
    • What do we like/dislike about the material we have?
  • Reshoot if necessary
  • Review; What are our goals for next meeting?

 

2/6/16—Stage 4: Post-Production

  • Review goals for the day
  • Edit the video
    • Do we need to add more to the video?
    • Do we need to reshoot any scene?
    • What do we like/dislike about the material we have?
  • Reshoot if necessary
  • Finalize video
  • Review
    • Are we ready to distribute this video?

 

2/20/16—Stage 5: Distribution & Marketing

  • Brainstorm how you want to share the video, where you want to share the video, and when you want to share the video
    • Who is our intended audience?
    • Who can help us promote this?
    • Are there any other groups/organizations/websites/newspapers/magazines who would be willing to help distribute our video?
  • Share through social media:
    • Website
    • Twitter
    • Facebook
    • Instagram
    • Email

 

For more information, check out Amachi at http://www.amachipgh.org/

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