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How to Create a Video: Curated Life Review

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For some aesthetic, technical, and practical suggestions and resources for conducting a Curated Life Review, please consult these slides for an overview.

The Curated Life Review can take many forms. For inspiration and guidance, you can click here to explore excerpts from previous videos, or browse performers’ sites to see the full videos they have created.

Please also consult the video tutorials and inspiration that we have gathered in “How To: Curated Life Review.”

There is no “right” way to create a Curated Life Review video. It’s yours!

Making Your Own Video

Working with video can be tricky if you have little or no prior experience. However, if you want to learn and tackle this project as a first-time filmmaker, there are many resources and tools that can help you to develop a short video:

  1. Your computer may have a built-in camera, and free software like iMovie allows you to “capture” a video of yourself. You can also use a smartphone or tablet to record a first-person video. Be sure to stabilize your device and record in a quiet environment, with appropriate lighting and a backdrop free of clutter.
  2. You can also create a simple slideshow using iMovie, Photos, or even free online applications such as Adobe Spark. Then record your audio voiceover narration with your phone or computer (search your device’s app store for “free voice recorder”), or create captions or title slides to provide descriptive text in your video.

Working With a Filmmaker

You may also wish to enlist support from a collaborator. If you do not have a colleague, friend or assistant supporting your PAL work, you may consider reaching out to peers for a recommendation, connecting with a local art or communications program at a University, or posting a classified ad online. Working on a Curated Life Review video project is a valuable experience for film students, and partnering with a student or an experienced filmmaker will allow you to focus on the content of the video rather than the technicalities.

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