CABV #017 Before lights, camera, action: How to plan a video

How-to-plan-a-video Before you go out and invest in a video camera, have a plan.

Before you shoot a lick of footage, write out a plan.

Before you start rambling in front of the camera, follow the plan.

If you learn one lesson from us, this is it: planning is everything. It may be cliche, but failing to plan is planning to fail.

When it comes to cooking a great video, it all starts with having the right plan which is in many ways like having a recipe.

You will want to do some research, ask other video makers for advice, and put it on paper. Determine what equipment you’ll need, figure out where and when you’ll shoot, what the talent will say, figure out who your audience is, prepare a script, and set a deadline.

This is just the beginning of the things you need to think about before starting a video project.

When I teach my college students, one of the first lessons I stress is the importance of planning and that’s the focus of this Cook a Better Video podcast.

In this episode you’ll learn:

  • Why poor planning can be disastrous
  • Important questions to ask yourself before you start making videos
  • How to avoid unwanted surprises during the shoot
  • Why you should look and listen when choosing a shoot location, and more!!!

This episode cover the basics to help get you started on the right foot.  If you’d like to get more information on the entire production process, check out our course, “Start Producing Videos like a Pro,” which will teach you the ins and outs of professional video production.

Do you have any video disasters that could have been avoided with proper planning? Leave a comment below.

About Chip Dizárd

Chip is a Final Cut Pro X and Adobe Photoshop Certified Trainer and is passionate about helping people leverage technology for business and communications. He’s done a bit of everything from video production, to web, and application development.
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