9 things we learned from making a Zoom drama

Now that social distancing makes it hard to get together with a cast, and everyone’s talking via Zoom – here are some tips we are able to share having recently produced some video learning drama filmed over Zoom. 

1. Script for the Zoom medium

This medium is more like theatre than video.  The dialogue takes more importance relative to the picture than in a normal video.  Look at what you have at your disposal: Can you use the chat to show dramatic irony?  Can you cut between meetings?  Is there a character who never turns on their camera? Can you use the quirks of Zoom to your advantage?

2. Prep to the max

In any video production prep is always a good investment, with a Zoom recording even more so. Inside a Zoom meeting, the communication is cumbersome, so invest time with individual cast checking the tech, their costume, where they are sitting and so forth.

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