If you’ve not yet made a Stubborn Old Gardeners video, you’re probably curious how it works. How much time should you plan to spend, how long will the process take, and how soon can you show off your finished video to your friends?
The production of your video breaks down into eight simple steps. Let’s take them in order:
Step 2: A CAMGA videographer contacts you and arranges a telephone meeting. You and the videographer agree on a date and time for the call. This process takes about 15 minutes.
Step 3: You meet by telephone with your videographer. You and the videographer flesh out your topic, narrowing it if necessary, and build a rough script outline that describes who will appear, the general idea of what each person will say, and in what order, as well as the opening and closing shots. There will be lots of blanks in this script outline for you to fill in the words you will use. At the end of your phone conversation, the videographer sends you a link to the script outline so you can fill in the actual words you will use in each block. The telephone meeting takes 30-40 minutes.
Step 4: You flesh out the script. Being careful to write for the ear and not for the eye, you write down the actual words you will say in each script block. You’ll be working online, so you will need to have Internet access during this step. Depending on your topic, you may need to do a little Master Gardener research to complete this stage. At the same time, you’ll be thinking about whom you should ask to serve as your Production Assistant. And then you’ll put in a call to that person to make sure he or she is willing to serve. This process will take about two hours.
Step 5: You, the videographer, and your production assistant set the date and time for shooting. Usually this happens by email and takes 15 minutes or so.
Step 6: You shoot the video. This is the big day! Together with your production assistant, you and the videographer meet at the site location and shoot the video. Generally, the shooting happens in one block of time at one location and takes about two hours.
After the shooting is finished, the videographer will get busy editing. This process involves assembling the various on-camera shots, demonstration visuals, and voice-over script blocks along with the consistent elements that make up every Stubborn Old Gardeners video. Editing takes several hours of the videographer’s time, but you won’t need to spend any time on it.
Step 7: The videographer alerts you that the video is ready for your private review. At this point, your video is not yet available to the public, but you can see it to make sure the script is still accurate. Generally, there will be a little cleanup needed to conform the script to what you actually said. This step is important, because it’s the way we ensure that the captions appearing on the video are accurate. This takes about half an hour.
Step 8: You get the final alert from the videographer that your finished video is available on Stubborn Old Gardeners. This won’t take you any time other than your telling your friends about your starring role!
So if we put all that together, that means the eight simple steps should take between 6-7 hours of your time, so let’s round it up to eight hours. And of course you’ll want to report those hours on your Master Gardener Service Report!
So how long does all this take on the calendar?
Here’s a dirty little secret about Stubborn Old Gardeners videos: most of the delays come from the Master Gardener rather than the shooting and the editing. So if you complete your steps quickly, it’s possible that your video could be complete within just a few days after you submit your idea. Of course it’s rare for everything to go smoothly, so let’s talk a typical turn-around time. If you start with the assumption that the time from your submission of your idea to the final release of your video will run about four weeks, you probably won’t be too far off.
So now that you know how this works, are you ready to submit your idea for a Stubborn Old Gardeners video?