Thursday, 30 August 2018

Learning How To Vlog With Three Discovery Centre, Islington

A few weeks ago we were invited along to the Three Discovery Centre in London for a session on making a YouTube video for Tilly. Now, Tilly thinks she is the next big thing on Youtube and I don't have the heart or the guts to tell her that she isn't famous at all. All though I encourage her to follow her dreams to make videos, it is really time-consuming to film, edit and upload. Plus my expertise in making videos is very limited because I am self-taught.

We popped along to the Three Discovery store in Islington and went upstairs where they have some small rooms and there is a member of staff to run a session on help and advice that you might need. Although it's a relaxed classroom setting, Jess was there with all the knowledge that we needed to create and edit videos.

Tilly was asked what kind of Youtube videos she watches so that she knew what her own audience would be watching. Jess explained that you have to know your own audience, otherwise, they won't want to watch you because they have the chance to watch another video from hundreds of other vloggers out there. So here are some tips on making Youtube videos with your kids.

Think about other videos that you watch, what do they film about? What kind of greeting do they have? What is their background area like? How are they talking to their audience? What do they film about? Make notes of the things that you see and try to add these to your videos in your own unique way because they are obviously working on the videos that you watch.
  • Start your video with a title and a warm greeting, talk to your audience like they are friends. Let them know what the video is all about. Use suspense to keep them watching the video.
  • Your setting needs to be light and clutter free, have something in the background like a lightbox or a blackboard with your YouTube name in the background or your social media handles, this helps your audience to remember you. Think about natural light too, if you try to make videos with your lights on, then it looks orange.
  • Use a stand to hold your device for filming, its better than having a wobbly screen
  • Start filming, with kids, just leave the camera rolling because sometimes the bits you have to edit out are the funniest. Make sure the kids are central in the video and try not to move because it will look odd later when you edit parts out. 
  • Make sure they are clear and talk naturally, I try to get Tilly to memorise lines because you can always tell when a kid is reading from lines on a board. It's not natural at all. They. Read. Like.This. Also if they look at a board whilst they are talking on their video, they will look away from the camera and lose the interest of their viewers.
  • They need a middle of the video, where they talk about what they want to talk about. Tilly had a squishy, so she talked about that. You need to describe what you're talking about, describe how it feels, how it looks, smells and where you got it from. Grab the audience's attention, tell your child to use excitement in their voice to grab attention.
  • Think about the ending, how are you going to sign off? Say goodbye and ask the audience to like your video, subscribe and maybe recommend other videos that you have made. 

You should have a lot of footage, sometimes I film the same scene but in a different way to see which looks better in the video. Don't worry if you have made a mistake, you can go bad a shoot it again. You need to find a good video editing programme. If I am using an Iphone, then I work with Imovie, its the best app I have used. It's easy and you simply add the videos and cut where and when you need them, add music and sound effects. Although I had used Imovie in the past, I didn't know how to use it to its full potential and a lot was learnt from this session about how to edit videos. Tilly was even taught how to add a little video inside her video, something that I only thought professional movie editors could do. 

Tilly learnt loads and the best thing about the session was that Jess spoke to her the whole time at her level, she was very patient as Tilly as they filmed and she encouraged her to do the filming as she wants. Jess worked around Tilly's dyslexia and her struggle to read things out. I can't actually praise her enough for all of the advice and help that she did with us. Sometimes when you struggle with things, a little patience from someone that will help you is all you need. 

It is easy to put a film together when you know how and the Discovery centres run by will offer free classes for you to learn whatever you need to know in any aspect of digital technology. They offer classes for more mature people to help them get to grips with a new phone or social media as well as classes for people who want to learn how to get on with Instagram. This is brilliant if you want to up your game and reach a further audience with your social media. Three will also help small businesses to get off the ground with their social media networks. If you are looking for some help with technology or social media, please pop into your local Three store or visit the website to ask about discovery centres.

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