Making A TikTok Video

Tap the app TikTok, and you see the wacky, off the wall to choreographed videos that use all the tricks of a small motion picture company.  Kids spend hours watching and even more time learning, memorizing, and producing these 15-second videos.

I figured, what the heck, I would give it a try. To my surprise, I found it challenging, exciting, and creating these videos required many more skills than pressing a button and recording.

Now coming up with ideas is not difficult as TikTok has many creative producers, and reproducing and copying other producers’ work is recognized as praising and not stealing content.

A neat feature of TikTok allows producers to create duel videos.  These split-screen videos allow fans and other producers to interact with the video and create an enhancement to the first video.  I did this with the video I made and uploaded it to TikTok.

It didn’t take me long before I found a video I liked, and within seconds of seeing the video, I had my parody in mind for the video. Two days later, I found myself with some free time, and I was putting my idea to video.

All it took was some planning and video equipment.

Here’s what I did.

Want to learn how I made the face for the puppet?  I have the balloon instructions posted on my kid’s page.

Here are six simple tips to get you started

  1. Install TikTok on your phone – it’s a phone app only.
  2. Spend a day watching videos to learn what the TikTok community is producing.
  3. Listen to all the “Trending” music – and select what you like.
  4. Plan your video – videos are like TV or radio commercials as you are using quick sound bites.
  5. Adhere to excellent video recording standards of lights, background, audio as your video is competing for likes and views. Other content producers are making sure they produce the best quality video with the equipment and resources on hand.
  6. Have fun, as this is a social media platform that supports fun and creativity.

If you would like to see my other TikTok videos, please follow me on TikTok @daleobrochta.


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