Preparing To Film

Before you actually film your class, it’s important to do a little prep work. The more thought you put into your class before filming, the easier the process will be. We promise! Here are the 5 most important things to do before filming your class. 

Prepare Your Outline

  •  Prepare an outline with your main talking points (check out this helpful template). This will help you stay on track and cover everything you want to when you sit down to record. 

Select Your Film Format

  • What format(s) will your class take? As you outline your class, keep in mind the two ways you can create a Skillshare class. Be sure to take a look at the corresponding sections of the handbook for the equipment and how-tos you need to make your videos.
  • Option 1: Screencast This is the easiest way to record a class if you are using slides, demoing software on your computer, or using your webcam. Here's an example.
  • Option 2: Physical Demonstration A physical demonstration should be used when you (or even just your hands!) need to physically appear in front of a camera to demonstrate your process. Take a read through our guide on building your own at-home video setup, and check out this example of a great demonstration
  • Remember, no matter which format(s) you choose, you should vary your visuals every 30 seconds to keep students engaged.


  • Practice! Do a run-through of each video lesson so that you can iron out any kinks and make sure your class feels natural. Sit in front of a mirror, record a test on your computer, or grab a friend. Some teachers even choose to write out a full script so that they’re extra prepared when the camera starts rolling. Don't worry too much about pauses and rambling when recording, since you will edit them out later.

Have Your Assets Ready

  • If you have photos, materials, slides or anything else you need for or want to show in your class, be sure to have them ready before film day.

Avoid Distractions

  • Make sure there are no distracting sounds or visuals in the background so that your viewers can focus on what’s most important: your content. If you're using a screencast, clean up your desktop and turn off any notifications before you start recording.