In my day job, I create and deliver classroom, online, and digital learning. So I expected that, since I have the knowledge for the content, and I can make a learning experience and I know my way around Premiere Pro and After Effects, the process would be easy. It took so much more effort than I initially believed - but I did enjoy the process none the less. The technical aspect of course creation I struggled with the most was definitely the voice overs. I wrote a 23'000 word script and tried to record voice over. A big initial surprise is, how much 'energy' the mic drains out of you. I thought I was delivering the lines with enthusiasm, but listening back, it sounded like I was half asleep. So I changed tactics and recorded that lines as though I was on a sugar high - trying to inject as much excitement as I could into the voice. Then listening back, it sounded right. So here's a tip: recorded lines 50% more enthusiastically than you think you need to be, as somehow the process of recording drains them. Other than that, the biggest challenge creatively was finding my 'style'. A look-and-feel that will guide all the editing, set the tone for the course, and how I want to deliver. I went back and forth so many times on that. In the end, I picked one I liked and stuck with it - but part of me still wants to go back and change it again! Definitely loads of lessons learned for the next course I will make.
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