This week’s Articulate challenge is to create a training video with your smart phone. In my defense, I’ll point out that only the phone was required to be smart.
I had the innocent idea of showing how people like me who spend all their time in home offices breathing in more highlighter fumes than fresh air – (which may explain a lot, now that I think about it) – can bust out. I planned to shoot on nearby Hilton Head Island.
When I mentioned this to Dan, in the interest of getting his help filming the drive, he immediately said “and it’s the perfect chance to use this guy!” What happened after that is kind of a blur.
Video Lessons Learned
I used my iPhone with no additional apps and made edits on the desktop in Pinnacle Studio 17 before popping it into Storyline. I learned:
- Lighting is never easy.
- Shooting in direct sunlight makes seeing the viewfinder nearly impossible.
- Shooting in gale-force winds while sand is being whipped at the device will lead to unusable audio, among other things.
The Storyline Piece
Framing the story felt much harder than framing the heinous video for some reason. I ended up liking the time-lapse drive to the island and the layout I designed to view the different video clips. I’d like to use those ideas in other projects.
My favorite part might be the souvenir photo at the end since it sums up the absurdity quite nicely.
If You Must
If you really want to see this, you can check it out right here.