Christian Science Board of Lectureship Video Guidelines

Updated: August 2021

As lectures are increasingly livestreamed or recorded for internet and broadcast uses, we have developed some basic guidelines. Please let us know if you have questions at lecture@christianscience.com.

  • The lecturer owns copyright to all versions of their Christian Science lectures, including versions commissioned by hosting branches.

  • In general, branches need only get permission from the lecturer to record or livestream a lecture, however there are specific forms to sign to acknowledge copyright ownership and appropriate use of the recording. (See attachments below.)

  • The branch and lecturer should discuss how the branch would like to use the video recording (internet posting, limited cable TV broadcast, etc.) and for how long. To avoid misunderstanding, we recommend you communicate this in writing or via email. We recommend that lecture videos are posted online for one to three months, though a lecturer may allow a different time period in certain circumstances. The Board of Lectureship sometimes posts lectures for longer periods on their own internet channels.

  • It’s recommended that the lecturer preview the entire video and approve the content and quality of the recording before it is used.

  • Read the Terms of Service for whichever service the branch will use to post the recording.

  • Videos posted on YouTube and other sites are streamed and are not downloadable (able to be copied). People can view the streamed lecture until the owner removes it. Be aware, though, that software exists which enables those who are tech savvy to capture and download streamed videos unconnected to the original parties.

  • If your lecture is to be video recorded, please announce this fact publicly to the audience at the beginning of the lecture and tell them the uses you intend to make of the video. Offer individuals who don’t want to be filmed a camera-free area in which to sit. The best practice is to have the camera focus on the lecturer and to limit the number of recognizable audience members.

  • It is recommended that a Consent and Release form is signed by each individual who is clearly recognizable in close up camera shots: an introducer; those filmed individually asking a question; interviewed individually about the lecture; etc.

  • In general, the following points describe good practices for achieving a video of acceptable quality. If you are interested in sharing your video lecture with the Board of Lectureship, we will consider posting it or a version of it on christianscience.com or on the Board of Lectureship’s YouTube channel if these points have been fulfilled. Please follow these tips and see the graphics below to aid the process and help to ensure a high quality recording for future viewers:

    • Before BoL can use your filmed lecture, please complete a Copyright Agreement between the lecturer, a representative of the branch, and the film contractors, if applicable.

    • The video must be in High Definition.

    • The audio must be recorded from an external microphone which is fed directly into the camera.

    • Please, no shots of the audience, except a wide crowd shot from behind.

    • It would be best to have more than one camera for the shoot, however, it is not required. Make sure there are no breaks or gaps in the filming.

    • Make sure to keep the lecturer in the shot. Be careful not to have the lecturer too far to one side, too high or too low as they might be cut off.

Note: In order for branches or the Board of Lectureship to be able to make use of lecture videotapes, the lecturer and the Board of Lectureship must be assured that the lecturer has the rights to the recording (copyright ownership or license); that an announcement about the videotaping was made; and that Consent and Releases have been obtained.

As privacy laws differ between states and countries, the hosting branch or lecturer may want to research what applies in their region to assure individuals that their data will not be shared or misused.

Ex. 1 below shows different ways to frame the speaker in the camera’s viewfinder. If using two cameras, we recommend having one frame be a full-body shot, while the other frames more of a close-up.

Ex. 2 shows preferred locations for setting up the cameras. It’s recommended that cameras be at the back of the audience rather than in front, so that the video viewers have a better visual reference of the event.