When TED first started, the conference consisted of a small group of people sharing ideas in a theater in Monterey, California. And in those early years, that’s basically where the ideas stayed. As TED continued to grow, the folks running it realized that these great ideas deserved to be shared with the world. And what better way to spread these ideas than to film them and make them available for free online for everyone to see? Within TED-Ed Clubs, we encourage students to capture their big ideas on video so that they can also share them with the world. While filming a presentation can initially seem like a daunting task, we called in TED Production Lead, Angela Cheng, to help TED-Ed Clubs get comfortable behind the camera.
Angela guided TED-Ed Club Members and Facilitators from Kansas, England, Argentina, India and New Jersey through a 10-step plan for filming a presentation, no matter what type of equipment, space, or editing materials you might have available. Paying specific attention to the participants’ specific media set-ups (which included everything from using high-tech A/V equipment in a theater to filming with a digital camera in a classroom), she provided advice on how to get the perfect shot.
A few of the main pointers:
For more tips and details on filming a presentation, watch the whole workshop below: