Digital Imaging

Oral Presentation #2


It’s time to do another oral presentation. You all did a great job on the first one so I have full confidence you will again and I look forward to hearing about your process.   This is a requirement for the oral intensive component of this course.

Next week you will record a video of yourself, 2-5 minutes length to talk about your creative process. This is pretty open, as long as you focus on your process. If you are an artist or filmmaker, focus on your visually creative endeavors. If your focus is more on communication or a different discipline, focus on the creative elements of your profession and the process involved. You can also talk about creative process for this course specifically.

Please center your presentation on creative process on these three elements:

  1. Communication of story –  What is your process for creating the story you want to tell? How do you come up with visual ideas? Is planning – like making an outline, storyboarding or sketching –   something you enjoy or maybe don’t take the time for?
  2. Logistics – Do you work on projects consistently during the week or put them off until the last minute and feel short on time? Are you someone who thrives on a deadline?
    Most importantly, how do these factors influence how happy you are with the final result?
  3. Technology –  refers to methods, systems, and devices which are the result of scientific knowledge being used for practical purposes. So, ‘technology’ can mean lots of things – pencil and paper are technologies, for example. What approach do you take when you run into trouble figuring something out with the technologies you use for creative process?

Record a video of yourself, 2-5 minutes length based on your script that you wrote last week. If you need to tweak the script a bit, that’s fine, this should also be a process.

Video Best Practices & Steps to follow

You can use a video recorder, your phone, your laptop. There are only 7 basic rules to follow:

  1. do not use a cluttered background  (no dirty dishes)
  2. use good lighting  with a good camera angle  (if you record from your laptop, for example make sure it is level with your face not up your nose)
  3. record good audio  — it doesn’t have to be studio quality but we must be able to understand what you are saying clearly without too many background distractions (no music, dishwashing, TV, etc).
  4. good eye contact
  5. steady the camera  — no hand-held selfies! if you use your phone, place it where it will be steady
  6. no vertical video  — make sure your camera is recording horizontally not vertically because it doesn’t fit into the right shape for playing on YouTube.
  7. keep it within the required length  — 2-5 minutes.

Step 1.  Use your script as a guideline. Feel free to make it fun (holding your pet?) as long as you follow the rules above.
Step 2.  Practice to make sure the lighting, camera angle, audio, and background all look good. Practice a few times to get comfortable.
Step 3.  Record your video.
Step 4.  Upload your video to YouTube:

  1. Go to and log in with your account. The first time you do this, you will be walked through some steps to set up your account. Contact your instructor if you run into trouble. Click on the upload button at the top of the YouTube account  upload button. You can set the privacy level to either Unlisted or Public.
  2. Once your video is uploaded to YouTube, copy the URL

Step 5. Create a new post.  Paste the URL into  a new post  on this course website and give it the category of   ‘Oral Presentation 2’. Don’t link the URL, just paste the plain text, you should see that it magically appears to be embedded. That’s because WordPress uses a protocol called oEmbed that whitelists YouTube video (and others).

Step 6.  View the  Oral Presentation 2 Category  section of the site and make sure that your post shows up.