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Educational Information and Resources

  • The Advocate Newsletter: The Advocate is a newsletter that students, advisors, and parents can use to learn about the Directing Change competition and various mental health and suicide prevention topics through articles, current events, and educational videos. Its purpose is to support those participating in the competition with information, education, and training.  The Advocate will contain Directing Change updates, suicide prevention and mental health information and resources, and educational videos.
  • Educational Videos: The educational videos are films produced by some of the Directing Change Team that discuss various mental health and suicide prevention topics. Its purpose is to provide more information to students and teachers that will help inspire the filmmaking process. One video will be released each month and will be archived for future use and training purposes.

The following is a list of resources covering various components of film production. Many of these resources have been adapted from other media festival websites.

Steps and Resources for Creating your Video!

Step One: Get an idea

Review the two submission categories and guidelines for content. To get inspired you can also check out some examples of existing PSAs. Some of these examples have been produced by professional advertising agencies, and some are winners from other student film contests. Be aware that although the following films may be well made, the content and criteria may not be applicable to the “Directing Change: Student Video Contest”.

Professional Examples:

Bring Change to Mind

Star Wars Anti‐Smoking

It’s Up To Us Eliminating Stigma and Suicide Prevention Spots

Student Examples (topic related):

Check out the winners from last year’s contest.

Step Two: Script and Storyboard

Once you have your idea you will need to write a script and storyboard for your video. The script gives you a roadmap to your production and all the content that you will cover. In addition to a script, the storyboard allows you to visually plan your video on paper.

Storyboard Examples

Beginning storyboard sample

Advanced storyboard sample

Storyboard Template

StoryBoard Pro Software

Storyboard Pro is a free program that offers tools to help you plan ahead when creating your video. The software is available for free and is intended for use by students, and teachers.

Step Three: Permissions and Releases

Before filming your video, be sure you have all appropriate forms and releases signed. For more information and useful links, visit the Forms and Copyright section.

    • Location Contract: The location contract protects both the property owner and the video production team. Getting permission is also a courtesy that can prevent you from being ejected from a location.
  • Copyrights: When creating a video students should be aware of intellectual property and copyright rules especially if they plan on using elements that someone else has created. See Songs and Sounds Effects Resources for link to free music and sounds.

Step Four: Shooting your Video

Before you start filming you will want to plan each of the shots. If possible, you may want to use two cameras to provide different angles for the same scene when editing. Take time to look at the area you in which you will be filming, paying attention to the background. Also, it is very important to make sure you keep your video tapes or video files in a safe place so it doesn’t get lost. The following sections offer links to the various aspects of video production.

Filming

Shots and Framing

  • This link contains information about the basics of “shot types” and offers insight to consider when filming.

Rules of Thirds

  • This article explains “the rule of thirds”, an important principle in photography.

Lighting Tutorials – Media College

  • This site offers various information sheets about lighting in film production.

Sound

Audio for Video-Lecture

  • This video features a lecture by a high school teacher focusing on many aspects of integrating sound into your video. (36 min)

How To Use Microphones

  • This tutorial offers information about the use of microphones.

Songs and Sound Effects Resources

Unfortunately you can’t just go to iTunes and download your favorite song. The following resources offer free music and sound effects you can use in your video!. Although some sites offer “free” music, note that you may still have to request licensing for permission to use it in your film. You can also create all the music and sounds yourself, or obtain written permission from the copyright holder for copyrighted songs and materials you would like to use in your video. For more information about how to obtain permission, visit the Forms and Copyright section.

Mobygratis

  • Offers free ‘film music’, and is intended for independent and non-profit filmmakers, film students, and anyone in need of free music for their independent, non-profit film, video, or short.

ccMixster

  • A community music site featuring remixes licensed under Creative Commons where you can listen to, sample, mash-up, or interact with music in whatever way you want

Free Sound

  • A collaborative database of audio snippets, samples, and recordings released under Creative Commons licenses that allow their reuse.

Step 5: Editing your Video

Editing is important to the film making process. You may spend more time editing than filming. These links will help guide you in editing your video. There are various programs for editing that you may have on your computer at home, or ones that may be available through your school, or local library. Tutorials specific to the program you use should also be available online. Remember, entries are limited to 60 seconds in length.

Video Editing Tutorials-Media College

  • This side offers tutorials on various aspects of editing.

Top 10 Rules for Video Editing

  • This article offers tips to consider when editing your film.

Step 6: Compressing and Submitting Your Video

Entries are limited to 60 seconds in length. YouTube is our video services partner and all technical specifications need to be in line with their requirements: YouTube accepts the following file types: MOV, MPEG4, AVI, WMV, MPEGPS, FLV, 3GPP AND WebM. Although not required, we recommend that you compress your video before uploading the file.

Many video editing programs (such as Premiere Pro or Final Cut Pro) and encoding software (such as Compressor or Adobe Media Encoder) may include a preset for encoding H.264 files that match the YouTube format requirements. If yours does, we recommend using that preset when encoding your finished video. For more information on exporting your video to meet these requirements, please click on this link and view YouTube’s audio/Video settings – https://support.google.com/youtube/settings

Remember each film must be uploaded as an “unlisted” video to YouTube.
Privacy settings: https://support.google.com/youtube/privacy

Academy of Motion Pictures-Teachers Guide

Cyber College

The Director in the Classroom

Screenwriting U

Other Film Festivals

Entries can be submitted to other film festivals after the February 1st, 2015 submission deadline. Special note to students in Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, and Tulare Counties Directing Change is partnering with the SlickRock Film Festival. We strongly encourage you to also submit to this festival if your entry is in the suicide prevention category. The entry description and judging guidelines for both contests are aligned. If you are in San Diego County we also encourage you to submit your entry to the iVIE film festival. Students throughout the state of California are encouraged to also submit their videos to Art With Impact, and enter into their monthly video contest.

SlickRock Student Film Festival

California Student Media Festival

Innovative Video in Education (iVIE )

Student Educational Video Awards (SEVA)

Art with Impact

Thank you!

Much of the information found on this page was adapted from the Student Educational Video Awards video and many of the resources and links were adapted from the other film festival websites listed here.

If you are experiencing an emotional crisis, are thinking about suicide or are concerned about a friend call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline immediately: 1-800-273-8255This is a free 24-hour hotline.
The contest is part of statewide efforts to prevent suicide, reduce stigma and discrimination related to mental illness, and to promote the mental health and wellness of students. These initiatives are funded by the Mental Health Services Act (Prop 63) and administered by the California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA), an organization of county governments working to improve mental health outcomes for individuals, families and communities.
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