What’s a vlog?
Remember that in this class we are defining vlogs loosely: they are videos produced by independent creators who include themselves as a central character.
To complete this assignment, write and submit a copy of the narration for your YouTube vlog episode. The episode should be between three to five minutes long.
The narration is simply the text that you will deliver to the camera, with (optional) notes about any visuals or graphics that will appear while you are speaking particular lines. Note that it usually takes about two minutes to deliver one double-spaced, typed page. Your script for the video, therefore, should be 1.5 to 2.5 pages long.
Note also that you should not read the printed document while you are on camera! Instead, you should memorize the text. Your on-camera delivery doesn’t have to be word-for-word from the narration, but it should be fluid and coherent.
People have asked for an example, so I have posted here the first draft of a vlog episode called Racism Ended When. Important points:
- I have chosen a serious subject (racism), but you don’t have to. You can vlog about anything that interests you.
- This is just a first draft, and it doesn’t yet include my notes about what will appear on screen at various points.
- Nothing has to appear on screen in your episode, other than you.
Submission Requirements and Grading
I will use the Writing Criteria to evaluate your script. In addition, to earn full points:
- Draft your script using Microsoft Word or any other word processor that generates .doc, .docx, or .rtf files.
- Name your file “YourLastName Vlog Script.”
- Don’t include your name in the document. Instead, on the first page, include my name, “Social Media” and the date at the top of the page, in keeping with MLA standards.
- Upload the file to the “YouTube Vlog” drop box by 10 p.m. on the date listed in our Schedule.