In order to fight the malaise of the stay-at-home order around COVID-19, we are going to try something new in the Roberts house.
Mind you, I said “try.”
As of this writing, I have no idea whether or not we’ll actually get through to a completed product, but here’s the idea. We’re going to attempt a variety show that borrows from what some of the late night hosts have started doing.
Fallon’s show is particularly inspiring when it comes to the concept of a family production. (Check out the first 5-10 minutes of the episode embedded below to see real reactions to getting stuff done with kids.)
I’m envisioning a 10-minute show that opens and closes with the family. In between those bookends will be segments from each family member. The segment could be an interview, a tutorial, a highlight reel of Madden NFL plays, or even a contortion act.
Some of the Tools We’ll Use
Since this’ll be a family production, we won’t go full Hollywood on this one just yet.
Camera & Microphone: The goal is just to use our cell phones for the actual video capture. I have a small lavalier microphone that I can attach to my iPhone if needed for better audio quality.
Storyboarding: I use the term “storyboarding” loosely, but we’re using index cards to help map out the different segments and determine the order that we’ll use during the show. Those index cards are sitting on the side of our refrigerator through the week with magnets to help keep the idea of the show in front of the family.
Title Cards: I’ve asked the team (okay, the family, but it’s fun to make it sound more official) to produce a title card for whatever we call the show and title cards for when we cut to the individual segments. We’ll be using Canva, a pretty great tool if you need some design resources. It offers a ton of templates you can tweak to your heart’s content.
Here’s a sample image I created for a short podcast bit:
This is a stock photo from Unsplash (where I get a lot of free stock photos) and a template from Canva. It looks way better than anything I’d create in Photoshop.
Video Editor: I’ve got an old iMac here at the house, so we’ll use iMovie to create these segments. If, for some reason, the old iMac proves to be unable to handle the task (it really is old), we’ll switch over to our Windows laptop and use its built-in editor.
Whether or not we get the final product live, the motivation is already helping. The kids are planning out their segments, and I’m looking forward to working with them on editing and designing.
We’ll share something as soon as we’re able!
The Roberts Family Showcase: Episode 1 launched on Sunday, April 5th. Super proud of everyone as the kids and my wife all learned how to do some editing in iMovie to make this happen.
Featured Photo by Nathan DeFiesta