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BFreemanMA
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Westover Composite Squadron
« on: March 08, 2018, 04:16:11 PM »

Hello CAPTalkers,

After stepping down from command about a year ago, I've been assigned as our unit's PAO. Part of my goals involved creating a regular nightly news-style show that we could release to the public and let them know what's been going on - but in a bit longer and more in-depth format than a few pictures and a blurb could show.

After several months, I've finished our first episode and I'm looking for feedback from the CAP community at large: What do you like about the format? What would you recommend I change? Do you have any advice for a PAO who took a couple TV classes 10 years ago at college to improve his style?

I'd welcome any and all feedback. Thank you very much for your time!

Link is here:  https://tinyurl.com/y8tmsygf
Original Facebook release post is here: https://tinyurl.com/y7o8uzxx
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Brian Freeman, Capt, CAP
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Westover Composite Squadron

kwe1009
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« Reply #1 on: March 08, 2018, 05:38:47 PM »

Overall, a great idea and if you can keep it up it could be a great recruiting and retention tool.  Some constructive feedback: The intro music is a little much and it looks like you are wearing a green t-shirt with your ABUs (could be my monitor though).  You may need to get some better microphones as some segments sounded like they are in a bucket.
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BFreemanMA
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« Reply #2 on: March 08, 2018, 06:15:00 PM »

Kwe, thanks for the feedback! I'll have to scour the royalty-free areas of music to find something a bit more tame.

The shirt color does look off, although it wasn't at the time. I wonder if my white balancing had anything to do with that. Achieving a consistent look and sound across the program was a battle for me, but I'll look into it further!

We also shot it on a smartphone without any microphones (the things we could do with more money!) so I'll aim to make getting some nice lavaliers our next priority. And maybe a proper video camera!

Thanks for taking the time to give me some pointers. I appreciate it very much!
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Brian Freeman, Capt, CAP
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Westover Composite Squadron

etodd
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« Reply #3 on: March 08, 2018, 06:46:23 PM »



Part of my goals involved creating a regular nightly news-style show ....

After several months, I've finished our first episode ...


Ummmm   ;)

Joking aside, you are off to a great start!  My initial comment is to streamline, edit tight and get it under 5 minutes. The general public will not watch all of this one to the end.  Yes, all of the information in this video could easily be edited down to 5 minutes. Ask the interviewees the same questions over and over until they get their answer down to a quick sound bite, instead of a long rambling answer.
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BFreemanMA
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Posts: 141
Unit: NER-MA-015

Westover Composite Squadron
« Reply #4 on: March 08, 2018, 08:59:35 PM »

Hey, regular just means at a regular time...maybe those 'regular times' are months inbetween?  >:D

Kidding aside, good point about the length, and I agree. I'll take all these notes and bring them back to my commander and "production team" for next time!
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Brian Freeman, Capt, CAP
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Westover Composite Squadron

Fester
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« Reply #5 on: March 08, 2018, 11:20:16 PM »

Hey, that's a nifty documentary about our 358 different uniform combinations but you missed the BlueDU's and the Blazer combo!

Kidding aside, well put together.  The only feedback I have is that the sound balancing seems a bit off to me and the length is too long.  But fantastic job!
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Lakeshore-CAP-Ret
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« Reply #6 on: March 11, 2018, 02:53:01 PM »

Hello CAPTalkers,

After stepping down from command about a year ago, I've been assigned as our unit's PAO. Part of my goals involved creating a regular nightly news-style show that we could release to the public and let them know what's been going on - but in a bit longer and more in-depth format than a few pictures and a blurb could show.

After several months, I've finished our first episode and I'm looking for feedback from the CAP community at large: What do you like about the format? What would you recommend I change? Do you have any advice for a PAO who took a couple TV classes 10 years ago at college to improve his style?

I'd welcome any and all feedback. Thank you very much for your time!

Link is here:  https://tinyurl.com/y8tmsygf
Original Facebook release post is here: https://tinyurl.com/y7o8uzxx


Did you say nightly?  That might be a very hard sell and you'll run out of things to talk about.  HOWEVER, although I believe they've stopped, but I've listened to the Maryland Wing's monthly podcasts, from a few years ago, because they havn't produced a show since 2014.  I found this link that was on the internet: http://www.podcasts.com/civil_air_patrol_today .  You can get some helpful ideas on subjects to discuss, and it's really exciting to get cadet involvement whenever possible.


The Maryland wing is not doing these podcasts, but back-in-the-day before podcasts, the Wing PAO used to do these types of interviews on Sunday mornings on a local AM radio station (which for Maryland, covered the entire state and then some).  With the internet, what you're thinking of doing could be great for recruiting, but I fear trying to do something like this nightly (unless I misunderstood) would either be too time intensive, or you'd run out of material and fast. 


I'm excited about what you're trying to do.  Sadly, recruiting really hasn't been a problem with CAP.  It's the retention part.  Kids/teens go to YouTube, look at all the great things we're suppose to be doing, then when they find a unit, the cadet leadership are not too excited about trying or doing things and after three to six months, we lose the cadets and most of the equipment we loaned/issued them with the understanding they have to give it back... but I digress  :-\
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