Small Story: Pole Vaulting with Allison Stokke

Here’s a Small Story video that will blow your mind:

GoPro shares a lot of great videos on their YouTube channel.

That said, many of them are really just video montages set to music. This one is different.

I recommend you watch the video above, read through these notes, and then watch the video again. It’s a great lesson in effective Small Storytelling.

(By the way, I want to emphasize that I’m not affiliated with this video. I watched it yesterday when GoPro emailed it as their “Video of the Week”. I’m sharing it here because it’s awesome.)

Let’s go through some of the elements of a good Small Story…

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Small Story Problems

Small Story Problems

The Small Stories thing is getting some momentum.

I’m excited about that!

I’ve been receiving lots of links from people, including two submissions that were very close to being ready to share with you. I’ve started working with the two video creators (via email) to help them make a few adjustments to their Small Story videos.

(I wish I could do that for everyone, but of course, that would be impossible.)

In the meantime, here are the most common areas needing improvement I’ve seen in Small Story video submissions:

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How to Make Custom Video Backgrounds – Izzy Video #285

Izzy Video 285

Sometimes we need to show text on the screen in our videos.

Of course, we could simply put the text on a black background. There’s nothing wrong with that really, though it can get a bit boring.

(Still, sometimes it feels like the right thing to do.)

Or you could put a solid color behind the text.

The truth is that we actually have many, many different options for what we can put behind the text in our videos.

In this new tutorial, I demonstrate how you can create your own custom organic particle backgrounds. These are perfect for using as a video background behind text.

Here is a sample segment from the video:

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The Four Most Common Video Interview Mistakes (and How to Fix Them)

Video interview mistakes

Many people don’t realize they’re making the same mistakes over and over when they shoot video of interviews.

There are a few mistakes that I see more often than others.

I’m not talking about the interview questions, etc… I’m talking about the setup of the camera, lights, and positioning of both the interviewer and the interviewee.

Following are the most common video interview mistakes I’ve personally noticed along with the solutions for fixing the mistakes.

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Small Story: “Grandpa”

Small Stories
I’m excited to share a Small Story submission with you today.

If you’ve been following my recent posts, then you know that I’ve declared a Small Stories Manifesto and that I asked for submissions that I could share on this website.

I think good Small Stories can be both inspirational and educational for you.

I received many links to videos. Some of them ignored the guidelines. Several of them were quite good. And a few submissions were great.

I really like the one I’m sharing with you today. I think it does a nice job of telling a Small Story.

It’s called “Grandpa”, and it was created by Stephen Greszczyszyn.

Take a moment to watch it (under two minutes long):

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