My first project as a freelance editor was… to produce an instructional DVD! This isn’t as unlikely as it might seem: the client was my former employer and the project, which involved filming teachers and students at work in the schools, required the unique combination of knowledge and experience I had acquired by working in educational publishing. The nuts and bolts of producing a video? The client trusted me to figure those out as I went.
Producing a video is a lot like managing the creation of a book, poster, or magazine, but with more layers: images move in both time and space; text can be seen and heard; you have to work with people as performers and collaborators.
I also produce audio recordings for classroom use.
As a producer, I am
- highly organized
- constantly planning and thinking ahead
- able to visualize the final product
- prepared to improvise
- mindful of the need to listen carefully and formulate good questions
Audio recordings for Grade 7 (Stepping Up with Literacy Place 7–8) and Grade 6 (Moving Up with Literacy Place 4–6)
Scholastic EducationCDs featuring fluent readings of selected books, plays, brochures, articles, and other printed materials from the program.
- prepared scripts, hired talent, scheduled studio and editing time
- monitored all studio sessions; reviewed all audio to ensure quality and accuracy
Professional Support DVD (total running time: appr. 80 min) for Moving Up with Literacy Place 4–6
Scholastic EducationAn introduction to Moving Up for teachers; features classroom footage and interviews with the participating teachers and lead consultants/authors.
- wrote the script, filming notes, and interview questions
- conducted interviews
- coordinated filming in Toronto, Edmonton, and Qualicum Beach, BC
- reviewed all raw footage and rough cuts; identified corrections and changes for editor