In this video, I share with you the equipment I use to record voice-overs and why I use them.
You have many, many different options to choose from. These items are simply the ones that I personally use.
This is another video that I pulled from the membership library and that I’m sharing publicly. I hope you find the information useful.
This Small Story submission comes from Pat Whitty. It features a painter named Bill Zaner. Take a look…
Here are some of the strengths I noticed from Pat’s video:
- It contains a variety of shots: inside the RV, outside the RV, landscapes, sunrise, interview shots.
- Related to the above note — It uses several cut-away shots to give us a sense of time and place.
- Pat uses interview footage directly, and he also uses the audio from the interview as effective voice-overs during B-roll cutaways.
Overall, this is another nice example of a Small Story video.
Side note — Not sure what a Small Story is? Check out my Small Stories Manifesto.
Sometimes folks struggle to ask effective interview questions when they’re shooting video.
Good videos are frequently built around interviews. That’s why many people say that the most important skill a video creator needs is the ability to shoot great interviews.
I’m going to share three questions I personally find effective.
These questions tend to produce footage I can actually use in the edited video.
Sometimes I use long segments, and sometimes I just pull sound bites from them.
They’re straight-forward questions, but the answers you get can save your video.
Let’s get on with the questions…
This Small Story submission is from Richard Beaugh.
It has a different tone from some of the other Small Stories I’ve shared. It’s a more serious tone, but you’ll see the Small Story concept still works.
- It’s under two minutes.
- It’s the simple story of a World War II soldier taking photos the day he helped liberate Dachau.
- It uses documentary-style storytelling techniques such as interviews and B-roll (cutaway photos in this case).
I think Richard did a nice job with this which is why I’m sharing it with you here.
This Small Story submission comes from Mark DiNatale.
He shot it in about 30 minutes and spent about an hour editing.
I think it fits the spirit of the Small Story concept well.
- It tells a story in under two minutes.
- It uses documentary-style storytelling techniques.
- The piece isn’t trying to be a polished, professional piece. It’s simply a way to practice telling stories.
As you watch it, do you get a sense that you could do it too? I hope so… One of the main reasons I’m sharing all these Small Story examples is so you’ll get inspired and give it a try.
This Small Story video is special to me because it was shot and edited by my 17 year-old son, Blake.
He took me up on my challenge to make an interesting Small Story video, and to do it without using music — which can be difficult even for seasoned video creators.
I think his Small Story turned out pretty well.