We understand that many teams are in unique situations right now and are unable to meet in person. It's ok if your pitch video reflects that!
Working on your script:
- To start brainstorming your script, get together via Google Hangouts or another online meeting tool and talk through what you would like to say in the pitch video. A great resource to reference as you plan your video is Youtube’s Creator Academy.
- Use Google Docs to create an outline, and tag your team members to assign certain sections for them to revise or edit (for example: the introduction will be done by Amy, the demonstration part will be done by Becca). Make sure you share the document with all team members so that you can edit and add to the document on your own time.
- Hold another online meeting where you do a final review of the written script as a team, before filming. Take turns reading the script out loud while in the online meeting. You might realize things sound different than when just reading the script silently.
Putting together a storyboard:
- A storyboard can help you decide what scenes you will need to film to create your pitch video. Here are two free tools you could use: Wonderunit and StoryboardThat.
- You can also skip the tools and draw on paper then take pictures to share. This could potentially be faster and easier.
- A storyboard doesn’t need to be visual; you can write in your script the image that you would like on the screen when a certain line is being read (i.e. Amy reads the introduction about our app, while a photo of our invention is seen on the screen).
- Similar to the script writing process, it can be helpful to first meet with your teammates online, to discuss what is possible for you to film while located separately (i.e. who has a camera on their phone, who has time or space to film) and what photos you already have that you can use (pictures of your invention or of the problem that you are trying to solve).
- Once you have decided on the kinds of images/video that you need, it can be helpful to assign each team member the task of filming or finding the necessary images/video.
- Tip: Stuck at home but want to do a reenactment? Get one girl’s family to help with it. The other team members can even direct virtually.
Recording your video:
- Plan to film your pitch video without meeting in-person. This can be done via video chat (i.e. Google Hangouts, etc) or individually using any camera device available. Remember each person can film a portion of the video and can edit it together later.
- After you take the video, review it to make sure that you can be heard and seen clearly. This video has great tips to improve video quality from your phone camera.
- Make sure to check out the tips from the Record Your Pitch Video lesson.
- If you are unable to record video due to lack of access to equipment, try telling your story in pictures and graphics!
- For photos, you can use what you already haveto describe the problem that you are trying to solve and your proposed solution, or find stock photos that tell the story.
- For graphics, think of adding numbers, charts, or statistics on the screen to draw people’s attention to the information. You can create these by drawing them out and taking a picture of them, or creating them digitally.
Editing your video:
- Referencing your script and storyboard, start assembling your videos and images! To share videos and images with your teammates for editing, consider uploading the files to a shared folder online, like Google Drive or Dropbox (which has a free, 30 day trial period).
- You may consider adding music to your video. If you do, make sure the volume is low and doesn’t overpower your team’s speaking. You can also add subtitles to help others clearly understand what you are saying.
- Don’t forget: We recommend all teams use English subtitles for the benefit of judges from all over the world. Google Translate can help create these translations.
- Many computers include free video editing software, such as iMovie. If yours does not, this list may be helpful.
- To edit video on your phone, you can download one of the following applications:
For more general guidance, click here for an overview of how to plan for creating a video!