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What you'll do
You can use videos in your daily life, for school projects or in a future career. Videography is art, communications and technology all at the same time. Becoming good at making videos teaches media literacy -- the ability to fully understand media messages that come at us every day.
Levels of learning
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4-H video professional Jalil Shabazz explains the basics of video storytelling in this series of short videos.
Fairs and exhibits
- Make a pastiche video: Edit together 10 shots from various shoot locations that show different techniques.
- Make a storyboard to plan a video shoot. Then execute that plan - make a short video that tells a story.
- Make a video that tells a story and includes actors and titles. Consider adding music or narration. Include a storyboard that shows how you planned the shoot. It could be a one-minute public service announcement or a longer informational, marketing or training video, or a fictional story.
- If you have been on a video production team at school or elsewhere, consider editing together a reel of your best work to show at the fair. Include a summary of your role in these productions.
2017 state fair entries: Better World Film Festival (an online learning experience)
Extend your learning
Now that you know how, share your skill with others. Here are some ideas.
Teach others how to make videos, such as at an after-school program or summer camp.
Offer to make a video for a cause you care about, such as the local animal shelter or environmental group, and let them use it for publicity.
Volunteer to serve as a judge in a video competition or as a board member in a local arts council.
Future study and careers
Knowing how to communicate using video is a 21st century communications skill. That means it's useful in many careers for communicating, teaching and teamwork.
Professional videographers can work as independent contractors, in other large companies, or in the news media or film industry.
Reviewed in 2018