Tips for Making a College Admission Video with your Webcam

Neither technophobia, a busy schedule, or a tight budget should stand in your way if you want to make a video essay. Give your subject some tho3d Little man in a webchatught, but once you’ve nailed down your idea, you can go to the privacy of your room and produce, direct and star in your own magnum opus.

A video essay – a one or two minute personal statement that reveals something about your life or interests – is a great new way to give your college application an extra edge. To make a standout showpiece you don’t need to be a budding auteur or Steven Spielberg with a 200 person crew. In fact, you can shoot a video alone in your room in less than a day, or even an hour, with nothing more than a laptop and webcam.

One of the best ways to learn what makes a video dynamic is to examine other students’ work.  The following examples show how much you can do with very little, and that what matters is a strong idea and the “message” you deliver -not fancy camera work or slick production values.

WEBCAM RAP 

This applicant shot her comic – and character-revealing – rap in exactly 57 seconds. Her video needed no sound track or editing. When she pushed “stop” her movie was “in the can.”  Despite being “bare bones,” it does a great job of conveying who she is as a person. She demonstrates guts, a can-do attitude, and a sense of humor about herself.

WEBCAM TALENT DISPLAY

This playful, virtuoso musical demo was also shot in one room.  The applicant cuts to himself playing one instrument after the next – ukulele, trumpet, violin, guitar, flute, maracas, rain stick – as he builds his soundtrack bit by bit. The video shows his passion for music, but it’s more than just a talent display – he also communicates a quirky, droll sensibility.

WEBCAM “MEET”

This slightly more complex video was also shot in one place, in one session.  The footage is augmented with still photos and video of a stage performance.  Notice the brisk pacing, and the effective use of “jump” cuts which illustrates an important tip: if you choke, fail, or flub, just keep talking, and later on cut out the bad parts.

Neither technophobia, a busy schedule, or a tight budget should stand in your way if you want to make a video essay.  Give your subject some thought, but once you’ve nailed down your idea, you can go to the privacy of your room and produce, direct and star in your own magnum opus.


Max Kiefer and Rosa Wolfe are filmmakers and authors of How to Make a Winning College Application Video Essay: Everything You Need to Know from Idea to Upload. Their website www.ThisIsMeVideo.com  is a place where students can learn about making application videos.   

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