I’ve started on the YouTube project I mentioned in a previous post. Lured by the ease of use of Microsoft Movie Maker, I dived right in. Problem is that planning the video is the hard part. My first effort will be for my eyes only – just an experiment, but that doesn’t mean that it’s simple.
First, decide which line to start with. I picked the one for which I have the least information because I thought that would make for easier decisions on content – not too much to choose from. I’m rethinking that decision.
Starting with a mind map using XMind (free software), I laid out the kind of content to include. Very simple for my first project.
I have no old photos because this is not my family – its my children’s paternal heritage. So I went off looking for old photos of
Not very many that don’t have full copyright restrictions. Then I looked for old photos of late 19th
century Chicago which was much
easier. I’ll use images of census
documents to show the families.
The next step would be a script, or so I thought. Actually the next step is a storyboard. I just use an outline for planning the flow of the video. It’s not complex enough to need a true storyboard.
Then I started a script. This is not as simple as just writing. I tend to be pretty wordy, and I have a time constraint so scripting is a challenge. I wonder how many versions will be created before I get one that will work. I’m using Marlis Humphrey’s guidelines for a video which means it should run no longer than 6 minutes. Mine will be much shorter than that partly because I’m having trouble coming up with the right narration content; and partly because I don’t like watching videos that are more than 3 or 4 minutes long.
Getting my mind around this has been a challenge.
So I’m thinking of shelving this project and doing my first attempt using one of my own lines. Maybe it will be more comfortable working with the ancestors I know the most about. Will having more material make it more difficult? Hope not.
So I’m off to start another mind map.