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How To Set Up And Read A Script For Your Online Content

Tay Wilkins

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5 Lessons (12m) View My Notes
    • 1. Introduction

      0:46
    • 2. Part 1

      3:05
    • 3. Part 2

      4:22
    • 4. Part 3

      2:43
    • 5. Class Project And Conclusion

      0:40

About This Class

One of the challenges for new content creators is actually being able to get in front of the camera and actually speak. Even if you know what you want to talk about it can be hard to articulate and get your points across fluently. Here are a few tips to help you when trying to set up scripts as well as how to read from a script.

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1. Introduction: Hi, my name is, say, and I want to personally thank you for checking out today's course. Now, before we begin, I would like to ask you for personal favor at the end of this course. If you like this course of finding useful, please hit the like button or shared with your friends and family. And if you didn't like the course, please let me know what I could do to make the learning spirits much better for you. Or if you felt like I missed something, leave a comment below and let me know what I miss. One of the challenges for new content creators is actually being able to get in front of the camera and actually speak. Even if you know what you want to talk about, it can be hard to articulate and get your points across fluently. Here are a few tips that will help you when trying to set up scripts as well as how to read from a script 2. Part 1: The first point I want to talk about is you want to write your script the exact same way you would have a conversation with an actual person. This makes it easier to speak more fluently. You find yourself stuttering a whole lot more and getting frustrated the whole lot if you speak in a format you're not accustomed to. Next thing I'm going to cover is the speed at which you actually read from your scripts. If you're a fast reader or speaker, you might want to slow down. There's nothing inherently wrong with being a fast speaker or reader, but I find that at least in my case, one of the biggest problems is that I will go through the script too fast. Now, if you're just doing YouTube constant, it may not be an issue, but if you're doing something like an e learning site where you have to a minimum of at least 10 minutes in your video, then you may find that when you read a script fast, that 10 minutes script that you might have written may end up being like more like six or seven minutes when it's all done to give you a better understanding of what I'm talking about. Here is the audio version of this very course that you're watching right now On the top, you have the whole 10 minute track of what? Supposedly audio for this course. That's what I intended it to be. On the bottom track, you have What is the end result? Just so you can see that they're the same going to go ahead and play both of, so we'll meet this one in meat. This one, and we'll go in it play. One of the challenges for new content creators is actually being able to get in front of the camera and actually speak. Okay, So now boom, you diss track and on meet the bottom track just so you could see that they are using one of the challenges for new content creators is actually being able to get in front of the camera and actually speak. Okay, So what happened here? From all the editing that I did on top track and cutting out unnecessary things and things that I messed up, I ended up with a five minute. Are you clip? This is something that you have to look out for when you're trying to plan ahead for, of course, or anything that you're trying to make. Reading fast doesn't help. So the best thing to do is just slow down when you're, ah, reading your script and actually planned for a few minutes further, just to make sure you haven't extra minute content, just in case you do have to do some editing and some cutting on the other side of the spectrum. If you are a slow reader or speaker, I wouldn't try to speed up. Instead, just focus on the fluidity of the speech, listening to a person who speaks Slocan be rough yet bearable. But listening to a person who speaks slow but hangs a stutters over their words concern a lot of people off and make them go elsewhere for the information, no matter how useful your continents. 3. Part 2: Let's go over reading a script if you're actually in front of a camera. If you're in front of a camera, remember, you are talking to an audience. Don't spend a bunch of time staring at your script. If you are not using a traditional teleprompter set up, there are a few ways you can tackle this first. If you're good at memorizing lines, you can do jump cuts. Here's how to work First, take a minute to to to look at your script, memorize a few lines or paragraph, whichever is comfortable to you and speak at the camera. Once you're done, just take a few seconds to stare at the camera. Then go ahead and look at your script again. Same things before read over the next little lines. Look back at the camera, wait a few seconds and then recite those next little eyes. You want to repeat this until you are done with the script. Once you're finished, you want to take this into an editor, and what you want to do is cut out all of the portions where you look at the script. You can leave in the parts where you stare at the camera because this is most likely will be where the start and stop points of each segment of your video will be. Here. It looks something like this. So the first thing you want to do is take a few minutes to go ahead and stare at the camera . Okay? Next, you want to go ahead and take a look at your script, memorize the lines, and then you want to come up back at the camera and you want to go ahead and recite the lines. Okay. Once you get done with your lines of your paragraph, then you want to stop. I stared the camera again. Go ahead and look down. Get your script and read the necks of the lines. Come back up and you want to go ahead and do it again. I mean, basically, you want to keep doing this until you get done with the portion of the script or the whole script. Asshole. Okay, so to give you a better idea of how jump cuts work, here's the clip that you just watch uploaded into my video editor. Now, as you can see, right here already have that section that I want Cut out. It's already chapter. So what we'll do is we'll watch the clip from this point. Where Here, your paragraph, then you want to start? I stared the camera again. Go ahead and look down. Make it your script and read the next of the lines. Come back up and you want to go ahead and do it again. Now we're going to take this section where I looked down. We want to remove that fill in the gap and now we're gonna play it again without that little section where I look down in the clip, I stared the camera again and you want to go ahead and do it again. I mean, basically, you want to keep doing this now. As you can see, there was a jump cut, but it was a very small and subtle jump cut. And this is why it's important to look at the camera for a few seconds before you look down at your script and to look at it again after your next option is to set your script up near your camera and shot sees peripheral vision to read your script while simultaneously looking into the camera. You want to set. Your script is close to the camera lanes as possible without it blocking the lens. Okay, so here's an alternative way to use D teleprompter app that you can see. I have my camera on the tripod and I have my smartphone connected to a model part, and it's just below the camera. That's just enough so that it doesn't actually pop up on screen this way. If I wanted to look at the camera while reading the teleprompter, I could. So it's a pretty It's a pretty nifty way. So actually, we don't have the money to afford one of those expensive teleprompter setups. If you're using your smartphone of record your video, you can download an app that will act as a teleprompter on the screen. You can use your front facing camera to record the video while simultaneously reading the script. Here. This is what it would look like an action if you were using your smartphone with a teleprompter at Okay, so here I am in my phone, have my camera app open. I'm using the front facing camera so that you can see me as well. SC oratory running overly over top of the camera app. The app itself is customizable. You can move it around anywhere you like, and I like to have it set up right next to the camera. So it looks like I'm looking at the camera as I'm reading the text. 4. Part 3: next, which want to do is avoid the robotics. This doesn't just pertain. So how'd you sound when reading a script, If you in front of a camera, your movements also play a factor going back to what I said earlier. If you write your script the way you actually speak, then it would be much easier to sound natural, as opposed to sounding unnatural and sounding. Horst, make sure you add a little bit of energy in charge to avoid sounding dull and uninteresting . As far as movements are concerned, they don't have to be extreme movements. The whole point is not to look awkward, but to look natural, like you were having a normal conversation with an actual person. Little things like a slight head movement or facial expressions or even little things like shoulder and arm movements can go a long way. If you look in soundboard ads are people watching will get bored as well, So the last thing you want to avoid is the robotics. You want to make your movements and your voice sound as natural as possible so that you don't bore your audience or look awkward. The last thing you want avoid of the robotics. You don't want to come off dough and uninterested in your video. So you wanna be a little more lively using a little bit more energy and a little bit more movement To keep your audience engaged, try not to make a lot of mistakes. Were reading your script? The more mistakes should make them or editing, you have to do afterwards. If you do find yourself stuttering over your words or getting stuck while reading the script, don't get frustrated. Don't stop recording. Keep recording. Just look down. Close your eyes. Count to three. Look up and then start again. Okay? If you find you help it if you find you from making a lot with okay if you find stuff making a lot of mistakes and go ahead. Look down. Close your eyes. Camp 23 Come back up. Look at the camera and start again. Okay, so that wraps up this course a summary four metre scripts in a way that when you re from them, they sound like you're actually talking to a person in real life. Find a technique that makes it easier for you to run through your script smoothly and fluently. If you are a fast reader or speaker, consider slowing down when you read your scripts to help with the pacing of your concept. If you were on the opposite side of the field, being a slow reader or speaker, focus on the fluidity of your speech. If you are reading a script in front of a camera, remember, you are in front of an audience tried to keep your focus on the camera or the camera lens and finally avoid apparent or sounding robotic or dull. Add some energy to your voice and if you are in front of a camera at some movement as well . 5. Class Project And Conclusion: that wraps up this course, your class project will be simple. Practice makes perfect right? A simple script. It could be anything which he did today which your favorite hobby is. What you saw in the news today. Anything of interest. Pull out your camera or your recorder and begin recording. Use one of the techniques mentioned earlier in practice on the pacing as well as your interaction with the camera shared here. So other Cincy Alright, guys, that's it for this course. I want to personally thank you for taking the time to check it out. If he found a useful please hit the recommend button and share with your friends and family . If there was something wrong with the course, please let me know so I can fix in the future courses. Alright, guys, that's it. Thanks again and I catch you on the next one later