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httpwebwitch - 1:09 am on Sep 11, 2008 (gmt 0)you're not as photogenic as you think you're not as eloquent as you think the dulcet vocals you hear in your head are actually a whiny screech to everyone else the incandescent lighting in your bedroom makes you look jaundiced. you're probably just pointing out the obvious. Do we need that? the flake who posted the original video is probably just trolling. Why else would they rant on youtube? They want attention. You, by replying, are being an enabler. If they get lots of hits and replies to their video, they'll make more, and more, and more... have you read the comments on those youtube videos? it's like they went to a perverted idiot illiterate toddler convention and handed out keyboards. honestly, it's beyond puerile into the realm of pathetic. This is the audience to whom you are preaching.
So, you're on youtube and you just watched someone's video saying something controversial, and now your knickers are all knotted. Don't flick on the camera and start filming your rebuttal. Stop, take a few breaths, and heed this advice.
Why you probably shouldn't do a "video response".
Tips for doing a "video response"
Before you film write a script, or at least a point-form outline of what you're going to say. Practice it once. Nothing makes you seem more like a dolt than trying to congeal complex thoughts while the camera's running. Sometimes writing down what you're going to elocute will illustrate that you aren't really saying much. Imagine that this video will be shown to your boss at work, your mother, your uncle Bucky and your highschool music teacher. 5 years from now, when you're shortlisted for a job interview and they search your name, this video will show up. Think whether you want this to be your legacy. know that this is not going to increase your perceived level of dignity
If you still want to do it, make "eye contact" with the camera Don't say "um" or scratch yourself or play with your hair or any of those other nervous tics wash your face and maybe apply a light powder so you aren't so shiny. adjust the lighting. frame the shot, and all that cinematographer crap. brush or style your hair, and put on clean-looking clothes take many, many takes. If you have to, use bits and pieces to edit together one that doesn't make you look like a fool We can see your personal pleasure device on the bedside table in the background. For the love of regis, tidy up - or throw up a backdrop!
[edited by: jatar_k at 12:14 pm (utc) on Sep. 21, 2008]
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