Watch the video a couple times through to remind yourself how the song goes.
Choose a place with a non-cluttered, pleasant background that will not distract from your presentation. Make sure there is soft lighting in front of you so you can be seen well (more than the light behind you). A blank wall without pictures (or doors or electric sockets!) works best.
Plug in your earbuds or headphones into your device and play your part’s video below. You can also download the video to play if you prefer. You should hear the track in your ears, but the video recording of you singing or playing should only record you. (Do not play the track in speakers that will be picked up by your microphone.)
You will need to set up your iPad or mobile phone that will be recording you in the landscape position (wide left to right) so that it will video you singing or playing in normal orientation. Be sure it is secure so it is still during the video. Check out this video from another director on how to position your camera.
IF YOU ONLY HAVE ONE DEVICE: You can play the video of David directing on your laptop, use earbuds/headphones, and record the video from your laptop webcam (i.e. one device). Mac users can use Quicktime to record. PC users can use the Camera app to record.
Set your device to begin recording.
Play your part’s video of David directing the song and sing along.
IMPORTANT: On the video David asks you to please clap and/or say loudly (in staccato) the 1-2-3-4 during the recording process so that we can sync your video. That’s right. Say strongly and punctuated, “1-2-3-4” when the video prompts you or clap your hands if you prefer. This helps sync your video with the other videos.
Sing looking into the camera as much as possible and sing just like in choir (pleasantly!!).
Once the song ends, stay still and smile at the camera for a few seconds, then stop the recording. Do not worry about too much extra video at the beginning or end of your video–it will be edited.