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Creating Videos

Once again, Ingram is soliciting video content from AUPresses members to edit together into a few celebratory UP Week montages for social media distribution. Below are guidelines for the content (video-prompt questions developed by Joyce Harrison, Kansas, for the UP Week Task Force) and the filming, and instructions for submitting clips to Ingram.

While Ingram asks that the clips submitted to them be general to the theme rather than specific book pitches, presses should feel free to use the questions to film clips at book fairs, conferences, readings, and in the office for their own use!

Video-Prompt Questions

General

  • What do the words "university press" mean to you?
  • Why should authors publish with a university press?
  • How do university presses promote a diversity of voices and points of view?
  • What do university presses offer authors that other presses don't?
  • What do university presses offer the public that other presses don't?
  • How do university presses give voice to marginalized populations?
  • How do university presses change conversations?
  • What do you like the most about university presses?
  • What university press books have been most helpful to you as a scholar?
  • What university press journals have been most helpful to you as a scholar?
  • What university press books have shaped your academic field?
  • What is your favorite university press book?
  • To what university press journal(s) do you subscribe?
  • How do you see university presses promoting engagement with ideas and culture?
  • What's your favorite university press book cover?
  • How do university presses share and preserve local cultures?
  • At conferences, which university press exhibits do you head to first? Why?
  • How do university presses help us understand important issues?
  • How do university presses help us understand our past?
  • How do university presses help us prepare for the future?

About AUPresses & AUPresses Members

  • Did you know that the Association of University Presses has more than 140 members?
  • Did you know that in addition to scholarly presses in the United States and Canada, the Association of University Presses includes publishers in Jamaica, Egypt, the Netherlands, South Africa, Ireland, England, Belgium, Hungary, Japan, China, Australia, and New Zealand?
  • Did you know that the publishing divisions of the American Historical Association, American Psychiatric Association, Modern Language Association, and Society of Biblical Literature are all members of the Association of University Presses?
  • Did you know that the Museum of Modern Art, Getty Publications, and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, are all members of the Association of University Presses?
  • Did you know that the publishing divisions of the US Army, the US Marines, and the US Naval Institute are all members of the Association of University Presses?
  • Did you know that the publishing divisions of the Brookings Institution, the RAND Corporation, the Russell Sage Foundation, the International Monetary Fund, the United States Institute of Peace, and the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, are all members of the Association of University Presses?
  • Did you know that independent nonprofit publishers of editorially rigorous and scholarly nonfiction, such as Beacon Press, are members of the Association of University Presses?

Video Guidelines (any smartphone)

Rotate the phone so that it is horizontal (landscape), rather than vertical (portrait).

Position the phone far enough away from the subject being recorded so that the subject fits at least from their head to the bottom of their chest with space above their head. Position the subject to the side of the screen to allow room for any text to go on the screen later.

Phone can be handheld if necessary, but keep the phone in one place. Try to avoid shaky camera.

Record in a room with a door and close the door during recording to eliminate outside noises.

Make sure the room has carpet and at least some furniture (desk, bookshelves, etc.) to help absorb the sound. A small office works best.

Silence cell phones while recording. They should not even be on vibrate. Either place them on Silent or Off. Desk fans may also need to be turned off if they are fairly loud.

Ingram asks that you submit one-shot videos rather than ones with multiple takes since these are more difficult to edit.  They will then select portions of the videos for inclusion in the final montages.

Ingram Contact

When you've finished filming, please send your video via Dropbox to Heather Hart at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  by October 19.