Filming Instructions

Please follow these as closely as possible to ensure your video can be posted

View Samples of Vocation Story Videos Here

Content Preparation

Those wishing to share their vocation stories on film need to prepare their story in a particular way to ensure their story will fit in the necessary time. Content specifications and filming preparations for those going on film can be found here:

Vocation Story Packet

Please make sure all persons going on film have access to a copy of this packet.

Shot Composure

  • Framing: Look at the screen on your camera: Imagine the screen divided into thirds, both horizontally and vertically
    • Place the person on film in the middle column of the screen (see gray lines below).
    • The person can be standing or sitting
  • Head Room: Divide the top middle box into thirds horizontally
    • Give them about 1/3 of a box of headroom (see blue line below)
    • Make sure their head is not touching the top of the screen
  • Eye Contact: The person on film SHOULD be looking into the camera

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  • Look for an aesthetically pleasing background.
    • Find a wall with a piece of artwork or a bookshelf
    • Don’t film outside (this creates poor audio)
  • DON’T film in front of:
    • A plain white wall
    • A picture with glass on it (there will be reflections in the glass)
    • A window
    • A wall or piece of art that is the same color as the person’s habit
    • Anywhere there is movement in the background (ex: a hallway with people walking)
  • Double Check:
    • There are no weird things “sticking out” of the person’s head on the screen (ex: a plant giving them funny hair)
    • If you are in front of a bookshelf, make sure appropriate books are there and that all of them are facing the correct way


  • Make sure there are no distracting shadows in the shot
    • You can fix shadows by having the person take a few steps closer to or away from the wall or by moving your light source (if you are using a lamp)
    • If there is a light directly overhead, make sure the person does not have “raccoon eyes” (a shadow that hits under their eyes)
  • Don’t overexpose
    • Especially if you are filming near a window, make sure none of their skin looks bright white. This means the shot is overexposed and it cannot be fixed by our team in editing
  • Film in a well-lit area
    • You can bring in lamps if you need extra light


  • At the start of every video, please have the person going on film say and spell their entire name
    • This is for our editors- our team will put the name of the person on a banner at the bottom of the screen prior to posting


  • It is ideal if the person going on film can say their content all in one take, without having to stop
  • If the person is talking and does need to stop, they can pause and then pick up where they left off without having to start over from the beginning
    • Our team can fix a video with 1 or 2 stops like this in it
  • Many people going on film will film multiple takes of their video. This is okay! Please just only send us the best one

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