2: Film Others’ Messages to their Senators

This is the fun part:  you can invite people – your friends, family, other students, co-workers, professors, folks from your community, etc. – to add their voice to prevent genocide.  Everyone can add their voice, and there are a lot of creative ways you can invite them and create an environment for them to quickly and easily share their message on camera and upload them to show the massive support for genocide prevention (see our how-to-upload guide).

Top 3 Ideas

  • Video booth: Set-up a video booth on campus, on main street or at local events and invite people to share their messages (you can do photos, too)
  • Video day: Choose a significant day where your chapter and volunteers can spread-out on campus to get video messages
  • Daily / weekly filming: Choose a time and place that you will always be and have someone there ready to get messages – during lunch time, for example.  This enables people to learn about the campaign and know you’re there if they want to learn more.

Top 3 Suggestions

  • Always have background materials and the talking points so people can get an idea
  • Have a laptop or way to show people what you’re looking for so they can see examples
  • Think about using this event, especially a video booth or video day, as a way to invite your local press to cover your creative use of video to end and prevent genocide.

Some Things to Remember When Filming Your Message

  • Get the best sound you can – try to eliminate as much background noise as possible, it can be really distracting and will take away from the overall effectiveness of the message.
  • Make your message personal – it’s OK if your subject wants to read their message from a cue card, but just remind them to look up and into the camera frequently.
  • Film at a close distance – sound tends to get lost when your subject is standing far from the camera.  Try to film from the shoulders up and have the subject’s head to the left or right third of the frame.
  • Upload only the best take – make sure your subject is clear and concise.  Tell them to try their best to stay focused on what they’re asking of their senator – and if they stumble in their speech don’t be afraid to start over!

You can check-out the filming section, which features everything from general filming tips to how you can conduct great interviews.

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