When the weather doesn’t cooperate, sometimes you can turn to digital effects to save the day. In this scene, it was snowing in the previous wide shot, but not in the whitetail deer shot. The following video shows a backwards progression of the stages required to make this shot for Smith & Wesson’s Outdoor Guide.
So, you’ve written what you think is an amazing script for your on-camera video message. You plan to use a teleprompter to ensure the perfect delivery. You rush the digital script to the prompter operator. Lights, camera, action! The first paragraph works well until you reach a place where there’s some extra space in one of the lines. You goof up. Back to the beginning, you’ve got this now. You make your way through the first paragraph flawlessly, but then the operator has to speed up to account for the space between paragraphs, you lose your rhythm, and goof up again.
Those are two common problems when your teleprompter skills are not on par with a seasoned professional like Ron Burgundy. A successful teleprompter read is a dance between the reader and the operator. The operator must constantly vary the scroll speed to accommodate the performance and the formatting of the script. Timing is everything and can be upset when improper formatting forces jerky speed changes. Fortunately, these are easily fixed. It starts with your script. Here are a few script techniques to make for a smoother teleprompter experience.
Getting started is sometimes the hardest part of a worthy endeavor. Writing this blog, for instance, has been a long time in the making. It’s not because it’s been an epic journey to write a few paragraphs. Strike that. I suppose it has been an epic journey even if it has been a struggle in my own mind. Hundreds of doubts and concerns congeal into a sticky mess. I’ve been slimed.
Armed with a secondhand Ghostbusters Proton Pack particle accelerator, let’s identify some of your nasties, blast them, and store them in a little box. All the while being careful not to cross the streams. Here’s a partial list to help identify your excuses, no matter what you want to start.
- Who am I to give advice to anyone? I’m not good enough.
- I’m not an expert. When I become an expert, I’ll start.
- They told me I need 10,000 hours of experience first. I don’t.
- If it can’t be perfect, I don’t want to do it.
- I’m too ________ (fat, old, young, etc.)
- I haven’t found my true passion yet.
- I was told I’d never amount to anything.
- There is too much competition in that area.
- I know what I’m talking about, but I don’t know everything. I’ll start when I know everything.
- ______ (my parents, the church, the school, my friends, etc.) wouldn’t approve of what I want to do.
- I’ll start when ______ (the kids grow up, the mortgage is paid off, I get a new house, I get a raise at work, etc.)
- There’s so much I know. What should I start with?
- There are too many things I’m interested in. I don’t know what to pick.
- When I get enough information, I’ll start.
- The people that really know me will think it’s all a lie.
- What if I fail?
- What if I’m exposed as a fraud?
- I don’t have enough ______ (money, time, support, etc.)
- I’m told to “Fake it until you make it.” Isn’t that lying?
- Change is scary.
- I don’t feel like doing it.
Identifying why you are not getting started may be the first step of your journey to something new. What is holding you back from getting started? Make a list.
I’ll address some of these excuses at a later date.
Remember, as your little box of nasties gets full, know that at any time a jerk will come around and shut the power grid off. Then you have to round them up all over again. It’s a never-ending process.