Directing Change

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:  April 14th, 2014 (by midnight)


At a glance the contest:

  • Is open to all students attending for at least 1-unit at San Diego City College
  • Invites students to develop 60-second films about suicide prevention and mental health during the Spring 2014 semester
  • 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! (that contest is only open to high school and UC students): Click here

For more information on the various aspects of the contest, check out the sections below!

Click here to download the Official Contest Judging Form


Contact us: sdcitydirchange@gmail.com


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

How to Participate

Submission Deadline: April 14, 2014 by midnight

  1. Review 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 (April 14th, 2014).

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)

Submitting your Film

You’re going to 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 PDT Apri 14, 2014. If you need to make arrangements to submit your submission via mail or hand delivery, please email us at sdcitydirchange@gmail.com.  (Please note that hand-delivered/mailed entries need to be delivered/postmarked by April 14, 2014.)

Are you ready to upload your entry? Here’s what you need to do:

  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.”


IMPORTANT: “Mandatory Settings”

Set the privacy to “unlisted.”

·       Making a video unlisted means that only people who have the link to the video can view it: https://support.google.com/youtube/settings

Advanced YouTube Settings

Comments and Responses (Be sure to make all these options unchecked)

  • Allow Comments
  • Users can vote on comments
  • Users can view ratings for this video

License and rights ownership

  • Select Standard YouTube License

Caption Certification

  • This content has never aired on television in the U.S.

Distribution options

  • Keep “Allow embedding” checked

 

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, please click on this link and view YouTube’s audio/Video settings –

Fix Upload Problems: 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

If you have questions, or need assistance, please email contest staff: sdcitydirchange@gmail.com

Contest Rules

Submission Deadline: April 14, 2014 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 image/voice release 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 14, 2014): Each film must be uploaded as a “unlisted” video to YouTube. An Entry Form including a link to the video on YouTube for EACH film must be completed and submitted by April 14, 2014. Be sure that your film name matches the name on the entry form! If you need to make arrangements to submit your film via mail or hand delivery, please email us at sdcitydirchange@gmail.com.  (Please note that hand-delivered/mailed entries need to be delivered/postmarked by April 14, 2014.)


If you are having technical problems please try the following:

  • 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. instead of your school’s computer, try your home computer.)

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.

Submission Format: 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. For more information visit the “Submitting Your Film” section below.

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. 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)

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

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.

CLICK HERE to download the Official Contest Entry Form

Release Forms

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

Image and Voice Release Form: For your submission, you need signed image/voice release 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:
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.

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 by April 14th, 2014.


Copyright

Any elements in your video, including but without limitation to music, audio, stills, video, supers or other audiovisual materials used must be:

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. Click Here to view the contest judging form.

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 award 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 last year’s 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/directing-change-regional-winners/

·       “Hey, I’m Allen”: http://www.directingchange.org/hey-im-allan/

·       “The Messages”: http://www.directingchange.org/the-messages/

·       “Circling Stigma”: http://www.directingchange.org/spencer-wilson-2013/

·       “More than a Mental Illness”: http://www.directingchange.org/more-than-a-mental-illness/

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 sample

·       Storyboard template 


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.

    • Release Form: Every student on the submitting team has to sign a release form
    • Image and Voice Release Form: In addition all individuals who appear (visually or voice) need to sign the Image and Voice Release Form.
    • 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 the “Forms and Copyright” section for more information

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  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 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 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

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