Filming Tips


  • Choose a location with good natural lighting or non-harsh room lighting
  • Film a few 5-10 second test clips at a few different locations and times during the day to see when is best.
  • If your budget allows, consider purchasing a small lighting ring, which can be placed directly in front of you. Here is an example.


  • Good audio is important! While we can do a lot in post-production, we can’t perform magic. Make sure you tell your family that you’ll be filming so there isn’t unnecessary background noises competing with your commencement address.
  • If your budget allows, consider purchasing an inexpensive lapel mic that can plug into your phone, tablet, or computer. Here is an example.


  • If using a smart phone, make sure your filming setting are set to the highest quality setting available on your device.
  • Choose an outfit that is professional; if you have access to your robe you’d wear on graduation consider wearing it.
  • Sitting down or standing are both okay for filming, just choose whatever is most comfortable for you.
  • Consider putting your speech notes above or below the camera instead of to the side. This will look more natural than turning your head to the side to look at another monitor.
  • If you’re a nervous speech reader, avoid printing your speech out. During your speech you may not hear yourself fidgeting with the paper but more often then not the mic picks it up and makes it sound a lot worse than it really was.
  • At the beginning of the video please state your name, the correct spelling, and your title.
  • Relax! Filming a speech can feel stressful but it is actually easier than speaking to a live audience. You can do as many takes as you need, and even break it down into shorter sections. You don’t have to read your speech through in a single perfect take.That’s the power of editing! Feel free to read sections at a time, redo sections, or take breaks between sections. Just be sure to let us know if a section shouldn’t be used. Example: “I didn’t like that delivery, I am going to redo that part”.


Reach out to us! If you’re unsure about a filming location or audio quality, take a short sample clip and email it to us. Let us evaluate it and give some feedback; we’re here to help!


You can send your speech files to us using WeTransfer.  Below are the directions for sending us your file.

1. Visit

2. Hit the blue ‘I agree’ button to accept WeTransfer’s Terms & Conditions.

3. Next, hit the big blue plus button on the left side of the screen; this will open up another screen where you can then find and select the files on your computer that you’d like to send to us. (Please label your filewith your invoice number and presenter’s name, i.e. 20-815-MichaelScott.MP4).

4. Enter your email address. WeTransfer will send you a confirmation email that your files were successfully sent to us.

5. In the message section please include your name and your school name.

6. Hit the big grey ’transfer’ button. Depending on the file sizes and number of files this may take a bit of time, so make sure you leave this page open until you see a success message indicating that the files were transferred.