My video correspondent experience at the Urban Sketchers Symposium

At Urban Sketchers Symposium Singapore 2015. Picture by Ken Lee

The Urban Sketchers Symposium is coming again for the 11th time in 2023 in Auckland, New Zealand. FYI, the 2019 USk Symposium was attended by 700+ individuals that provided participants with workshop and sketching passes.

With each USk Symposium, there will be phone calls for sketching and online video correspondents. These are volunteer positions to assist doc and share what’s happening at the function.

I am crafting this to share my expertise of what it truly is like to be a movie correspondent at the USk Symposium. I was the movie correspondent at the USk Symposiums in Singapore (2015), Manchester (2016) and Amsterdam (2019).

My first USk Symposium was actually in Barcelona (2013) and I have created a online video for that much too even while I wasn’t a online video correspondent back then.: at?v=Rtbo_-woEdM

I have also made videos for other international sketching activities this kind of as the Asia-connection Sketchwalks and much more:

What is actually it like?

If I can describe my encounter in 1 word, the phrase would be exhilarating. If I have to use two terms, it would be exhilarating, tiring.

It’s a challenge to provide the spirit and vitality of the symposium to viewers throughout the world. For me, earning day by day vlogs was the greatest way to doc the party in a way to make viewers, in particular sketchers who ended up not ready to go to, to experience like they are on area with our huge loved ones of urban sketchers. It was extremely tiring to make those people films, but extremely satisfying as well. Seeing those people outdated video clips from years in the past make me experience like I am back again seated on my minor stool beside my mates, chatting and sketching away.

The symposium is a huge celebration with a lot of workshops, pursuits and individuals, so it’s difficult to be in all places at the identical time to document anything. I recall I would commence every day of the symposium at the accumulating point with hundreds of other sketchers and just abide by a random group to their workshop areas. Mainly, I just go with the circulation.

I would record what I require with out a lot excess footage since I’m not guaranteed if I will have the time at night to appear by way of all the footage. I would sketch too with the sketchers and when ready for my watercolour to dry, I would do my recording.

At night time just after meal, I would hurry back again to the hotel to edit the movies, export and add them, and snooze. As I have to edit movies at night, I typically you should not be a part of other sketchers for the night sketching periods. Obtaining sufficient rest is really vital mainly because you need to have the electricity the following working day. Attending the symposium with out earning movies is currently exhausting adequate generally due to the walking, carrying the sketching instruments and provides (pack as gentle as probable) and at times the climate.

I don’t forget whilst operating on my outdated laptop, I would choose a shorter timed nap so that I can wake later on to upload the exported video clip to Youtube.

This workflow produced it feasible for me to file and write-up the video clips day-to-day. And I needed to post movies every day so that other individuals can observe together day by day with our activities and experience the enjoyment. By the way, the electricity and the large you get from in fact remaining at the symposium is several instances greater than what can be portrayed by means of the movies. Day-to-day is a surprise ready to come about due to the fact you will not know who you may satisfy on the street as the city will be packed with sketchers that weekend, all putting on the similar USk badge that is hanging from the lanyard.

I however check out these outdated video clips often and I am always reminded of the thrill, excitement and power. The films are also incredibly nostalgic since there are men and women who are my close friends now but are not at the time the video clips were produced. And the videos may perhaps make me come to feel differently once again if I enjoy them in a several yrs time.


Making video clips all through the USk Symposium in Amsterdam was significantly grueling mainly because I was down with some, possibly, virus. My bones were aching the total time I was in Amsterdam. It was so painful to even shift though bathing or transform at any time so slightly on mattress whilst sleeping. It was terrible. The only detail got me out of the mattress every working day and stored me heading was the adrenaline or electricity of being at the symposium.

What does it get to be a video correspondent?

Let us get a search at tasks and technological expertise mentioned on the site calling for movie correspondents, repeated under:


  1. Seize videos of crucial day by day actions for the complete period of the symposium April 19-22, 2023. These pursuits would include, but are not minimal to: pre-symposium set-up, workshops, demos, lectures, and sketch walks.
  2. Display the spirit of the symposium in online video structure, e.g. bonding involving individuals, beneficial community conversation, informal foods, drink ‘n’ draw, opening and closing receptions.
  3. Record for a longer time movies that characteristic interviews with instructors and symposium organizers that go guiding the scenes and serve as academic and advertising resources by Urban Sketchers.
  4. Write-up quite a few everyday online video summaries on USk social media channels.
  5. Recreate “the emotion of staying at the symposium” and showcase its exclusive location in Auckland, New Zealand for the USk group who will be viewing from afar.
  6. Work with the other symposium correspondents and symposium committee as a group.

Technological skills expected

  1. State-of-the-art skills in video clip enhancing and quick turnaround. This includes deciding upon, cutting, including transitions, new music, text, and titles, and subtitles as essential.
  2. Develop articles that is acceptable in period [short, medium, long] for respective on-line platforms i.e. YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter
  3. Have the technical products to assist the previously mentioned jobs, such as a cellphone with a video clip camera, movie digicam, microphone, and a laptop, as perfectly as program for video modifying and uploading.
  4. Produce written content that is captured in each vertical and horizontal formats to match respective on line platforms.
  5. Fluency with social media platforms in buy to share video material made ‘on the fly’ via Reside Occasions, Tales, and Reels on Instagram, Facebook and a selection of other platforms.

It goes with out expressing that you have to be very good and speedy at enhancing video clips. You will have to have and know your instruments and your software program. You will find just no time to learn video clip editing through those people number of times at the symposium. It can be nerve-racking if you might be hurrying for time, in particular if you have to get the video clips out daily.

The element on enhancing films to various formats to accommodate distinct on the web platforms is pretty demanding. That seems like a lot of excess miscellaneous get the job done you have to develop from the most important online video you’ve designed. These further perform will consider more time. I’ve been advised there will be a social media staff helping out with the re-formatting and putting up of these video clips on to unique system. In any case, all these work will have to be performed on a laptop computer to be effective or save time.

When I was at the symposium, I only had time to make the daily films, and maybe a person or two are living-streams.

What are the perks

You get to be at the USk Symposium! And you will have an Open up Pass that gives you accessibility to all symposium workshops and activities so that you can document the party and driving-the-scenes footages.

The online video correspondent will obtain an honorarium in the total of 5 nights’ lodging or $500 in funds. Pleasant. Travel expenditures are not coated even though.

I are not able to don’t forget if you can guide your possess hotel or you are supplied a place at the resort the place all the instructors are. If you do have to ebook a lodge, the just one closest to the symposium venue is the greatest resort.

The last perk is the outstanding knowledge that you are going to try to remember vividly for the rest of your lifestyle, and the good friends you make alongside the way.