If you are interested in filming your own talk, please contact Calabash first. We will advise and guide you on how best to go about this and make your video a success.
You can film yourself, or you can use a videographer who will film and/or edit the footage for you.
USING A VIDEOGRAPHER
You are welcome to source your own videographer or contact Calabash for possible recommendations.
This can be done with a cellphone or via your computer.
- For a cellphone always film landscape, never portrait.
- For a cellphone use a tripod if possible. Calabash has tripods to lend out. Otherwise stabilise your phone with household items.
- Put your phone in selfie mode.
- If you are inexperienced or do not have lighting equipment then it is easier to film in the day as this can save you the difficulty of getting the lighting right.
- Make sure the room is bright enough.
- Never film with the light behind or directly above you.
- Check for awkward shadows, especially over your face.
- Make sure there isn’t too much background noise. Control what you are able to. Close doors, windows and curtains to contain the noise.
- It is helpful to use a lapel microphone.
- Be aware of what is behind you when you film. It needs to be neat and, ideally, attractive. Make sure it complements what you are wearing and what you are talking about.
- You can set up your own background with an interesting piece of fabric or decoratively placed object. It is preferable that it is not a plain white background.
- You can also make the background out of focus by using the settings on your phone.
- When dressing, avoid fine prints, stripes and knits.
- If possible, try to get some professional help with your makeup and hair. We want you to feel comfortable with how you look in the final product.
- Avoid too much headroom in your frame. While some room above head is important, make sure there’s only a bit of space.
- The camera should cut you by the knees or at the waist.
- Feel free to have notes with you but make sure they can be seen in the camera (camera should then cut around the knee area).
- Be prepared, make sure you are comfortable with the content and have read through it a few times.
- We have found it works best to structure your talk into specific sections – 4 to 5 sections has worked well. This allows you a sense of a roadmap for your talk, and also to pause filming in between sections and have breaks to gather your thoughts.
- Film yourself for 5 minutes and then check to see how it looks and sounds. Keep an eye out for unsightly shadows, background noises, what the setting looks like- are there any weird items in the frame that don’t make sense? For example, part of picture or decorative item.
- Once you’ve assessed the test clip adjust as needed. Feel free to show your test clip to a Calabash consultant for their suggestions.
- Make your film
- Don’t worry about things being perfect, if you cough or stumble don’t let it throw you. Minor background noises are to be expected. These things are normal.
- If you need to redo a part, keep in mind that editing can cut out the bits that are not suitable, keep talking and fix it up later.
- Try to talk to the camera and not read too much.
YouTube is a great source of information on filming yourself. See the link for one such video.
Once you have filmed yourself, you need to edit it. While some of the software is quite sophisticated, and you are welcome to get as creative as you like, we only need a few things from your final product:
- The footage needs to be coherent and the unsightly bits need to be edited out.
- No awkward shots of you turning on or off the camera - cut these out at the beginning and end of your film.
- Smooth transitions between cuts, simple transitions are best.
- It's nice to add headings to your sections and your name and title.
- Android: We recommend Kinemaster. See the YouTube video on how to use it. There is a small monthly subscription fee in order to send it to us without a watermark.
- Windows:Windows Movie Maker is great for editing on your computer. See the following YouTube video on how to use it.
- Apple: iMovie is the default software for both Macs and iPhones and is great. See this YouTube video on how to use it.
Once your video is ready, upload your talk.