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How to prepare your Just One Look video report

Thank you very much for taking part in this video project. We know that it will take considerable time and effort on your part and we really appreciate your willingness to do it.

Your video should be a brief statement on how you came in contact with John Sherman's looking at yourself, when you first tried looking at yourself, and what the looking has produced in your life so far.

A few tips to help you prepare:

Prepare your report ahead of time and rehearse it out loud a few times before recording it, since you will not be able to read it while recording it.

The following questions might help you in preparing your report. You don't need to answer all these questions, just choose the ones that seem more relevant to you:

1. What was your life like before you heard about the looking?

2. How did you first hear about John Sherman and the looking?

3. When did you first try to look at yourself in the manner that we suggest?

4. What was (is) your experience of the recovery period?

5. What is the most relevant change the looking has caused in your life?

6. Would you recommend the looking to others? Why?

7. If you have donated to our work, please tell us about why you donate to support our work. You can imagine that you are talking to someone and telling them why they should donate to our work.

And anything else you can think of that would be interesting.

Some technical aspects that you'll need to consider when preparing your video


1. Length:

You can record as much as you like, but because of file sizes, please try to stay between 5 and 10 minutes long.

2. Framing:

Since we will have a few different people giving their reports in the video, it would be great if we could all stick to about the same distance from the camera. The best distance will be where you can see yourself in the picture down to your waist.

Whether you're using a webcam, a camcorder, or any other video camera, place the web cam in front of you, at eye-level, and look into the camera while speaking. Please try to look straight into the camera. If your webcam is on a laptop, use a few books to raise the laptop so the camera is at eye-level.

A neutral, plain environment would be best, so the viewer will not be distracted from what you have to say.

3. Setting up your camera options:

Format: widescreen (16:9) is best

Resolution: 720 p (1280 × 720), 768p (1360 x 768)

Frame rate: 29.9 or 30 frames per second

Use the auto-focus option if you have it.

You will find some helpful tips about recording video with a webcam here:


4. Sound:

Choose a quiet place without noises.
It's fine to use your camera microphone. Check the quality of the sound once you're finished recording, to make sure you can be understood.

5. Lighting:

Make sure there is enough light in the room.
Make sure there is no light behind you (a window, a lamp, etc.) The light source should be in front of you or in the ceiling.

6. Editing:

If you're going to edit your video before sending it in, please do not add any sounds or effects to it. We want just you, speaking to the viewer directly.

7. Saving your video file:

Save your file as Windows uncompressed .avi or .mov.
If you can, send us an uncompressed video. The file will probably be big, and take a while to upload depending the upload speed of your internet connection (which is usually different than the download speed).

Your video file MUST follow the following naming convention (including the hyphens and underscores):

you-first-name_your-last-name_video.avi or your-first-name_your-last-name_video.mov

Example: carla_sherman_video.avi

Sending us your file

When your file is ready, please send Carla an email at carlasherman@justonelook.org and she'll get in touch ywith you with instructions on how to upload it.

We look forward to your video. Thank you very much for taking the time!!!