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Multimedia Literacy

This research guide will help you to get started on your multimedia project.

[1] pre-production = plan | reflect | research | prepare

Getting Started: Multimedia Planning Guidelines

Pre-production is the first (and some would argue most important) step in the video creation process.

Plan ahead and start early. Have a focused message. Keep the audience in mind. Think about what you need to record, where you need to record it, and the types of footage you need to get.

At a minimum, create a shot list. Keep a list of the types of shots and moments you want to get, and how you want to get them. You'll save countless hours if you do (and get the exact shots you'll need, instead of having to go back after the fact and try to recreate particular scenes).

You can also try creating a storyboard of your project, which is like a graphic outline, with text and/or images.

If you're creating a dramatic storyline with actors and props, write the first draft of your script. Otherwise, going in without one is like trying to navigate a boat without a clear sense of where you're going.

Likewise, if you're conducting an interview, jot down a list of questions to ask. You'll feel more prepared if you do, and catch yourself if your mind goes blank (sometimes people get interview fright too!).


Research | Storyboard | Script
Photo credit: Horia Varlan, Danny Saadia

Ep. 8: Telling a Story -- Part 2 from Vimeo Video School on Vimeo.

Helpful resources for pre-production:

Want to purchase your own equipment?

Here are some helpful resources to help you make informed decisions when purchasing multimedia equipment:

  • CNET offers great reviews and information to help you decide what equipment to buy
  • Test Freaks is an aggregate search engine that collects product information and reviews from thousands of sources
  • Digital Photography Review (dpreview) provides news, reviews, and information about digital photography and digital imaging
  • Snap Sort is a site that allows you to compare different digital cameras, depending on the criteria you select