Chi 121 Chicana/o Community Mental Health

by IOWG, Melissa Browne, Erik Davis Fausak – October 31, 2019

This guide is designed to help you with your group video project.  See below for tips on finding information resources and creating video content.



Instructional Objects Working Group

In this Guide:

If you need additional research or video production assistance, take advantage of these options:

Research Help: Roberto Delgadillo or Melissa Browne

Video Production Help: Erik Fausak or Melinda Livas





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Content Type:Search Tool:
Background or Overview Information.
These books and book chapters are geared to give summaries of your topic.
Use the UC Davis Library Catalog to search for books:
-migrant agricultural laborers California
-school mental health services
-school children mental health
-unaccompanied immigrant children United States
-sexual minority youth

Scholarly articles.
PsycInfo is a good starting point but you may want to investigate other databases or tools (check Subject Guides).
Relevant Subject GuidesPsychology
Chicano/a Studies
Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies
Mental Health Statistics
Video resourcesNIMH Video

There are many considerations and best practices to video production.

  1. Determine appropriate software.
  2. Speed: Don’t speak too quickly & make sure your words are clear.
  3. Sound: Volume, clarity, background noise.
  4. Length: 5-7 minutes
  5. Introduction, Transitions & Ending: Titles, subtitles, (Can include opening/closing slides)
  6. Write a script where and when possible.
  7. It is very helpful to create an A/V list where you write out what audio you will want tied with visual images.
  8. As a group, review for accuracy and clarity.
  9. **When recording video with your mobile device, make sure to hold it horizontal**  typical film format is 16:9.

  10.   Typically you should shoot at eye level when possible but don’t put the eyes in the middle of the shot.
  11. Keep your shots varied and be aware of head room, how much or little space from the top of the head to the frame.
  12. Avoid recording subjects in fluorescent light by including bright or soft light in front of subject but try to use consistent light when recording.

** Information sources are based on best practices established by IOWG and video recording advice originates from 2018 SITT conference, Planning an Instructional Video Project presented by Jeremy Poulos.

An A/V script is a great way to plan your video.  It is simply two columns where on the left you describe the scene you are recording, and on the right, you describe what audio features you intend to include, like narration, voice-over, music, or special effects.

A template has been created for you to download and utilize if you would like.


Some definitions for your template:

Shot framing:  This ASU Guide has good examples

Full shot – public distance,  whole body is in shot and often a good starting place.

Medium shot – Part of the subject is in shot, social distance

Medium close up shot – The subject’s face is in most of the shot

Close up – the most intimate shot and should not be abused or stay too long.  This is where the face is in the entire shot and good for points of emphasis.

Camera Angles – This guide from Columbia has good examples:

Eye Level – typical place to record people, where the camera is at the same level as the eyes.

Low Angle – called the “hero shot” where the camera looks up to the subject.

Canted or Dutch Angle – camera is diagonal to subject.


Information based on UC Davis SITT Conference 2018, Planning an Instructional Video Project presented by Jeremy Poulos

The ideal option is to find images or music in the Public Domain, where they can be freely used and modified into a video.


Wikimedia Commons is a good place to find Public Domain and Creative Commons images which are clearly labeled with each image (be sure to pay attention to the Creative Commons license and how you can use it).


Free Music Archive provides music you can use with video and explains Creative Commons rules on using music for videos.

Video editing


  • Free Apple video editor for Mac or iOS device.

Open Shot

like iMovie but higher compatibility with Windows and Linux.




  • Free Audio editor and recorder


In some cases you may need to record video or images from the computer:

Image Capture from the computer:


  • Create free screencasts (up to 15 min. in length)
  • Web-based- Create a free account


Native application on Mac that allows screen recording.


Screen Capture:

  • Create free editable images
  • Create free screencasts (up to 5 minutes in length)