Directing Change

All San Diego City College Students are invited to “Direct Change” by submitting a 60-second film to raise awareness about mental health and suicide prevention! 

Submission Deadline:  Monday, April 6, 2015
(by midnight)

At a glance the contest:

  • Is open to all students with at least 1-unit at San Diego City College
  • Invites students to develop 60-second films about suicide prevention and mental health
  • Awards the winning team a $500 cash prize ($250-2nd Prize, $125-3rd Prize)
  • Recognizes students at an award ceremony at the end of the school year

See films from the contest that inspired this one! Visit:
www.directingchange.org/contest-winners-finalists

Contact us:
Emailsdcitydirchange@gmail.com; the faculty person in charge of the contest is Julie Little, you may also contact her at jlittle@sdccd.edu; if you need additional assistance

How to Participate

  1. Carefully review the Judging Form for Scoring Measures
  2. Email us at sdcitydirchange@gmail.com to let us know you’ll be participating
  3. Create a 60-second film about mental health or suicide prevention based on the contest Judging Form 
    *Note: Include an opening or closing slide with the student lead’s name and email for identifying purposes.
  4. Upload film as “unlisted” to YouTube (see “How to Submit film” section below)
  5. Submit Entry Form (with link to film posted on YouTube), Release of Intellectual Rights Forms (one for each student on film team), Release of Image and Voice Forms (one for each person seen or heard in film), and all applicable copyright forms to us at: sdcitydirchange@gmail.com by the contest deadline (Monday, April 6, 2015).

If at any time, you or someone working on the project experiences an emotional crisis call the San Diego County Access and Crisis Line: 1-888-724-7240 (This is a free 24-hour hotline) or visit the City College Mental Health Counseling Center during operating hours (A Building-Room 221, Phone: 619.388.3539)

How to submit film

Upload your video as “unlisted” to YouTube (MANDATORY video settings listed below) and include the link on your entry form. Entry forms with link to video must be received by midnight on April 6, 2015. You may scan your forms and email them to  sdcitydirchange@gmail.com or hand deliver them to A-221 during open business hours. 

Follow these steps to upload your film to YouTube:

  1. Login to YouTube. (If you do not have a YouTube account, create a free Google account that will allow you to create a YouTube channel.)
  2. On the homepage of YouTube, select “Upload.”
  3. Choose "Unlisted" as the privacy setting and select the file you wish to upload.
  4. Under "Advanced Settings," UNCHECK the Following:
       a. "Allow Comments"
       b. "Users can view ratings for this video"
  5. Under "License and rights ownership," choose "Standard Youtube License"
  6. Under "Caption certification," choose "This content has never aired on television in the U.S."
  7. Under "Distribution options," keep "Allow embedding" checked
  8. Click "Done"

If you are experiencing problems uploading, try the following steps:

  • Try a different browser (e.g. if you are using Google Chrome, try Internet Explorer)
  • Try uploading the video from a different computer (e.g. desktop, laptop, school/office computer
  • Try uploading the video from a different location (e.g. outside of school such as from home or a coffee shop)

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, and for further technical assistance, visit the YouTube Help Center: support.google.com/youtube/settings

If technical problems persist, please email: sdcitydirchange@gmail.com and include your internet browser, and a description of the problem you are experiencing. Please be assured that we will not disqualify any entries that did not make the deadline as a result of a technical problem with uploading the video.

Contest Rules and guidlines

Submission Deadline: April 6, 2015 by midnight

Eligibility:
Students listed on the official entry form (up to 4) must be students at City College attending for a minimum of 1-unit. Additional students and non-students are welcome to participate in the making of the film (actors, crew, etc.) but should not be listed on the official contest entry form. Be sure all participants, both student and non-student sign the Release of Image and Voice Form and be sure all students on the film team sign and submit a Release of Intellectual Rights Form. People under the age of 18 are not permitted to participate in the contest.

Judging Form: Films should be no longer than 60-seconds and follow contest scoring measures outlined in the official contest judging form.

Notice of Intent: If you plan on submitting to the contest, please send an email to sdcitydirchange@gmail.com so we can keep you up-to-date with information about the contest.

Submission Deadline (Midnight April 6, 2015): Each film must be uploaded as a “unlisted” video to YouTube. An Entry Form including a link to the video on YouTube must be completed and submitted by April 6, 2015. Be sure that your film name matches the name on the entry form.    

Submission FormatEntries 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. For more information visit the “How to Submit Film” section.


Judging Process & Prizes: 
Entries will be judged by a panel of faculty and staff from City College. Winners will be announced at the contest award ceremony (date: TBD).

  • 1st Prize: $500 for the winning team
  • 2nd Prize: $250 for the winning team
  • 3rd Prize: $125 for the winning team

Release Forms: Every participant on the submitting team has to sign a release form. For students under the age of 18 the form also needs to be signed by their parent or a legal guardian. Please review the “Forms and Copyrights” section for more information and other requirements. All applicable release forms need to be received for each film by the submission deadline. Signed release forms and applicable copyright forms must be scanned and emailed to sdcitydirchange@gmail.com.

Music and Copyrights: Entries must meet all copyright standards by obtaining releases for all copyrighted music and materials prior to submission. Entries that include copyrighted materials (such as images, supers or audiovisual materials) or music (such as music purchased from iTunes, on CD or other downloadable services) without the proper permission and signed release forms will be disqualified. Please review the “Forms and Copyrights” section for more information and to download the appropriate forms. All applicable music and copyright forms need to be received for each film by the submission deadline. Signed release forms and applicable copyright forms must be scanned and emailed to sdcitydirechange@gmail.com.

Safety: Please avoid potentially dangerous production situations that could put crew, actors or the public at risk. Safety during the project is of highest priority. Directing Change sponsors take no responsibility and assume no liability for any acts or damages that may result from preparing the materials to submit to this contest. Further, the submission category includes sensitive subjects that need to be addressed with respect and understanding for how they might impact those involved in the project.

Elimination: Suicide and mental health are complex and sensitive subjects which need to be addressed with compassion and knowledge. All entries need to be suitable for schools and a general public viewing audience, or may be disqualified. This contest has special content that must be included and specific content that must be avoided for the safety of and respect for the audience. Entries that show portrayals of suicide deaths or attempts (such as a person jumping off of a building or bridge, or holding a gun to their head) even in dramatization will be eliminated. Additionally, entries need to be sensitive to racial, ethnic, religious, sexual orientation and gender differences. All films deemed to have inappropriate content will be disqualified from entry into the contest.

Forms and Copyright

All forms can be found at the top of this page under “How to Participate”

Entry Form: Each team needs to submit one Entry Form per film. The Entry Form will include a link to the film posted on YouTube and other identifying and contact information.

Release of Intellectual Rights Form: Every student on the submitting team (up to 4) has to sign a Release of Intellectual Rights Form.

Release of Image and Voice Form: For your submission, you need signed Release of Image and Voice forms from all people whose faces are recognizable and central to the shot or whose voice is featured in the video. In public settings, people in the background do not need to sign a release.

Location Permission Form: 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. If you are shooting on private property of any kind, complete the Location Contract. A location contract is NOT needed if the film is shot on campus.

Frequently Asked Questions

1.     What should my video be about?

·  The purpose of the contest is to raise awareness about mental health and suicide prevention. Refer to the Judging Form for specifics.

2.     Do I have to be a student to participate?

·  Yes, each student listed on the entry form (up to 4) must be enrolled in at least 1 unit at City College. Non-students are welcome to participate in the film but should not be listed on the official entry form. All participants must be 18 years or older to participate.

3.     What if my film goes over 60-seconds?

·  Films will only be judged on the first 60-seconds of footage. Title slides (with identifying information) and credits do not count towards the 60-second maximum.

4.     How will my film be used? Where will it be shown?

·  Winning films will be displayed on the City College Mental Health Counseling website, screened at the awards ceremony, and used in awareness activities on campus.

5.     What could cause my video to be disqualified?

·  Films with inappropriate content will be disqualified. Remember that films will be shown in a school setting and the content needs to be appropriate for that setting. Additionally, entries need to be sensitive to racial, ethnic, religious, sexual orientation and gender differences. Films focusing on suicide prevention that show portrayals of suicide deaths or attempts (such as a person jumping off of a building or bridge, or holding a gun to their head) even in dramatization will be eliminated.

Other Useful Filmmaking Information

Step One: Get an idea

To get inspired you can check out some examples of existing PSAs from the statewide Directing Change Student Video Contest (high school only). Be aware that although the contests are similar, the content or criteria may not be applicable to the “Directing Change at City College Student Video Contest”. To view films from the other contest visit: 
http://www.directingchange.org/contest-winners-finalists/

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.    

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.

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 videotapes 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.

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.

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. 

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 Five: 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 site offers tutorials on various aspects of editing.

Top 10 Rules for Video Editing

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

Step Six: 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 visit the YouTube Help Center: https://support.google.com/youtube/#topic=4355266

Additional sites that may be useful:

Academy of Motion Pictures-Teachers Guide 

Cyber College 

The Director in the Classroom 

Screenwriting U 

Thank you for your interest in the Directing Change at City College Student Video Contest.

Contact us: sdcitydirchange@gmail.com

San Diego County Access and Crisis Line: (888)724-7240