How to Document World Records

1. If someone wants to set a record, make sure their category is quantifiable and breakable. If the proposal is something like “Funniest Face” (not quantifiable), suggest they go for “Most Funny Faces In One Minute” or “Longest Time Touching Tongue To Nose.”

2. Before each record attempt, please shoot the record setter saying their name and the record they will be attempting. “My name is Steve Jones and I’m going to set the record for Most Drum Kicks In 10 Seconds.”

3. While shooting video, don’t worry about capturing anything beyond record introductions and the records themselves. We don’t need to pan around and capture reactions of others. We don’t need interviews or excessive post-record reactions. Shoot the records as plainly as possible. Avoid a ton of zooming. 

4. When documenting records, accuracy is everything. Though the records will be incredibly fun, please treat documentation seriously. If the record is timed, measure hundredths of a second. If the record is measured in length, write down eighths of inches. Don’t cut corners. 

5. Please make sure all areas of the forms are filled out in full. Get signatures. We need to keep things official. Download the form right here: URDB.Official Record Form.pdf

6. Beyond everything, make sure people have fun. Encourage them to cheer each other on. Get the crowd involved in documentation – counting, timing, etc. Make sure every record setter feels like a hero after their feat has been set.

Sarah Falcon,
Oct 12, 2009, 10:06 AM