Content, and Scripting Guidelines for Videographers
|Our aim is to
present a broad view of the game of disc golf and the community of disc
golfers, and we welcome your input. Here are a few ideas to help
get you thinking about your segment for Disc Golf Live:
Upcoming Event Previews
Tournament Diary (one player’s story throughout an event)
Lessons and Techniques
Rules of Play
Featured Club (or Featured Tournament Series)
History of Disc Golf
Life on the Road – Pro Tour Stories
And of course, Disc Golf Live welcomes coverage of individual tournaments. We will try to include in-depth coverage of at least one event each show, ideally with two or three-camera coverage, so get a team together to showcase your best event. Shorter tournament summary segments are a good idea if only one camera is available. Think about what events your area has to offer and warm up your camera!
Contributors are encouraged to submit multiple segments (e.g. an event preview, a course review, and an interview with a local star). Alternately, contributors could submit multiple segments on the same general topic, such as rules or disc golf history. Most segments will run from between two and ten minutes, with featured event coverage segments of 20 to 30 minutes.
Remember, Disc Golf Live can edit your rough footage. All you need to do is shoot the video and send it in! If you have the resourses and interest, you can edit your segment on your own and submit it ready all polished up and ready to roll.
Once you decide upon the topic for a segment you will need to to be sure you create all the video and audio needed to bring your submission up to par. Specifics will vary for different content types, but some general guidelines apply.
The first stage in planning a segment is to conceptualize how the segment will run. The three basic parts of a segment, like a good essay, are an introduction, body, and conclusion. You will have to think in terms of both how the segment will look, and what will be said. You should develop some sort of a script – at least a list of the topics you want to see and talk about, the shots you want to get, etc. If you are shooting action shots, be sure to practice beforehand, since following a flying disc with the camera is not as easy as it looks. Besides capturing all the disc golf action for your segment, be sure to capture some general and set-up shots to accent your project.
Most segments will include shots of the segment host(s) and/or featured player(s) at both end and beginning, but the bulk of the segment can be voice over. This is good, since it gets really hard to talk when the camera is running! You can create a voice-over track using your video camera by recording your audio script in a quiet location. You should sit in front of the camera, but don’t be concerned about anything but the audio content since that will be extracted from the recording. If you have access to a decent external mic (and an input on your camera) use it! Audio is one of the harder aspects of amateur video to get right and a quality microphone can work wonders.
Included with any submission should be a detailed summary of what is being submitted along with a copyright transfer form. The more information you provide, the easier it is for the DGL production team to create a quality segment from your footage. Download this .pdf for copies of these necessary forms.
DGL welcomes your submissions on miniDV (preferred), DVD (if not copy protected), or VHS format. When sending DVDs, use .AVI files when possible. Longer pieces can be encoded in MPEG2 or similar files. Video in other formats can readily be recorded onto a VCR (use the best one available, set on the slowest recording speed) and the VHS tapes can be submitted to DGL.
All submissions become the property of Disc Golf Live. Submissions used in the show will be returned upon request when we send you your copy of the show. Other submissions will be returned upon request when accompanied by a $4 handling fee.