The short answer to Where's Western is: everywhere. Click on a map marker below and catch a short video on some of the global initiatives Western faculty, staff, students and alumni are involved with through research, teaching and/or service.
We are always looking for new video contributions to the Where’s Western collection from members of our campus community. To find out how you can participate select from the following Western guidelines:
3 steps to a great 30 - 60 second Where's Western video
Video yourself (or if you have a colleague available ask them to be your camera operator).
How to frame it: You should take up most of the screen; waist up or chest up shots are great. If you can stand in a spot that helps illustrate your location like an iconic landmark or the building you are visiting, that’s great too!
Microphone on most smart phones does the trick as long as you are only an arms-length away. If you have a readily accessible external microphone that plugs into your camera (rarely the case) it will deliver better sound; but this is not crucial.
With your video camera get some general shots that highlight you and your surroundings/activities.
Think of how your activity can be visually portrayed – fellow researchers, some scenes of the environment, interesting architecture anything that helps bring your experience to life.
Send us your footage
No need to edit your footage just send us your favourite clips and we will pull them together in the Where’s Western format.
Keeping in mind this video should be very concise, answer these four questions:
1. Who are you?
e.g. Hi my name is Francine Wilson and I am an associate professor in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities.
2. Where in the world are you?
e.g. I am in Northumberland, England with a group of Western Classical Studies students.
3. What are you doing there?
e.g. For six weeks our team is participating in an archeological dig at Western’s Field School at Vindolanda – a 3rd century Roman fort..
4. Why are you doing this activity?
e.g. The site we are at is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and represents an area of great importance for this region and the Roman world in general.
Quick Video Tips
Preferably use a newer smart phone (ideally iPhone 4 and above). Video quality varies greatly and this would help in keeping quality consistent
Watch your lighting. Try and keep main light source behind the camera – i.e. try not to shoot directly into bright light.
TV's/monitors are horizontal - record HORIZONTALLY/Widescreen. Any video shot vertically will be unusable for this project.
Sample Shot Set Up:
If recording using a phone, the internal microphone isn't very good… have the subject talk louder than their normal indoor voice if possible.
Focus on subject. On an iPhone, touch the person's face to focus on it.
Keep the camera still.
After answering the four main questions - who are you?, etc. try and get some shots of where you are to help paint a picture of your activity.