Tips on how to get the best footage when filming your reading.
Use an MP4 video camera that can record using a resolution of 720p or 1080p. (Many inexpensive point and shoot cameras and smartphones have this option.)
Choose a frame size of 16:9.
Use audio file formats of 48K, MP3 or AAC.
Each video should be single digital file (ex. a QuickTime or WMV file with video and audio together.)
Use a tripod to steady the camera. (You can purchase a tripod for as little as $15.)
Do not edit your video footage in any way. Send the raw footage and leave the editing to us.
Please do not add any titles or graphics. Doing so will prevent us from using it.
Choose a location, outdoors or indoors, that has some significance to you.
Make sure your location is well lit.
Make sure your location is reasonably quiet.
Try to stay away from places with excessive background noise and avoid high traffic areas with lots of moving cars.
Use a clean, simple backdrop, such as a wall, bookcase, the side of a building, or trees.
Place the camera and/or tripod 3 to 4 feet away from your subject.
Make sure to frame your subject beforehand.
Please introduce yourself and your subjects using the prompts contained in each script.
Please answer the conclusion questions also contained in your script. Make sure that each person involved in your scene has the chance to answer.
A note about the redactions: Some of the readings denote where and what information, within each document, has been censored by the government. Make sure to read [REDACTION], [CENSORED] and [BLANK] as they are written.
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