How to Tape Someone for 24 Hours

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The purpose of this wiki is to collaboratively write a rough script for a ten to fifteen minute video on how to produce a Global Lives Project shoot. The video will be produced in May 2006 alongside the taping of the Global Lives Project Brazil shoot in São Paulo, Brazil. The producers of the shoot will come from the general Global Lives Brasil team and the Museum of the Person in São Paulo.

May 30 is the deadline to finish the editing and burn DVDs of the clip to go with the new brochure being designed simultaneously. The new DVD will feature this Video Manual, footage from the San Francisco and Brazil shoots, 3D model images and possibly a video simulated walk-through of the architectural space. The style of the final DVD's menus and possibly captions will reflect the design scheme currently being produced for the print brochure.

The format of the clip will be a narrated documentary, beginning with a general introduction to the project and then diving straight into the nitty gritty of how to record 24 consecutive hours in the life of a person.

An idea: have a number of different on-screen narrators that speak in many different languages--Portuguese, English, Japanese, French, Spanish, Farsi, German (these are the ones I know I can find in São Paulo--any other suggestions?), all with subtitles. Anybody like this idea? Dislike? If we get our act together on this script quickly, we could ask the India team and the London team to put together some 20 second clips with specific scripts in cool locations and send them to us. --Dave Harris 21:20, 14 April 2006 (UTC)

==THE SCRIPT== (an outline)


  • The project
  • Exhibition space
  • Eventual online open-source Global Lives Video Library


  • Camera
  • Sound
  • Tripod
  • Support Vehicle


General jobs:

  • Executive Producer (responsible for oversight of all logistical and technical aspects of the shoot, coordinating teams, planning out day's schedule, coordinating equipment, tapes, batteries, vehicle(s), transport of crew members, etc.)
  • [Assistant Producer/Executive Producer - optional]

Individual Teams (3 or 4 teams, each team shooting 4 to 10 hours, structure can be modified to fit needs of each part of day/night)

  • Cameraperson/Director #1 (most experienced, or "lead" camera)
  • Cameraperson/Director #2 (heirarchy optional here)
  • [Director - optional; camerapeople can also be own directors]
  • Technical Assistant/Cameraperson #3 (makes sure that tapes, camera batteries, mic batteries are always ready and charged)
  • Still photographer (could this also be included in Tech Asst./Cam #3?)
  • Producer/General Coordinator (stays mostly with support vehicle, link between shooting team and the vehicle, coordinates route, organizes food for teams, makes sure nothing goes wrong)
  • Driver
  • [Security - optional depending on risk level]


  • Throw a party!

V. THE LIFE STORY INTERVIEW (combine with getting the schedule for the person's day?)


  • Tips on using the camera
  • Tips on sound
  • Tips on managing the team
  • Try not to let the subject leave the screen for more than 1 minute
  • Be creative! Pan out and explore the surroundings. Focus in on everyday objects.
  • Every two hours on the even hour zoom all the way out and look around for a minute.


  • Transcription, translation and editing -distributed collaboration
  • Subtitling
  • Digitizing?
  • Make a copy of each of the tapes


  • Take lots of pictures and video if possible throughout the process of putting together your team, selecting a subject, meetings, and even on the day of the shoot, if a second camera is available.

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