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Tips for making your video and sending the film

You can make a perfectly decent video using a smart phone/tablet. If you have specialist equipment please use it - but you probably don't need to ready this!

Here is a short film we have made that will answer many questions.

If you are filming in schools you must follow current guidance on social distancing and other controls when making your film. These ideas and suggestions may not be possible but could give you some ideas.

If you are using a phone/tablet have the device sideways/landscape - this will help when we come to edit the final film.  if possible, place it on a stand/solid surface and if you have to hold it try to stay as still as possible. Make sure you do not accidentally cover the camera/microphone hole with your hand.

You will need two devices to make your film. One will be used to play back the Youtube backing track and another to make your video.

Setting up your phone/tablet

If you are using a phone/tablet have the device sideways/landscape - this will help when we come to edit the final film.  If possible, place it on a stand/solid surface and if you have to hold it try to stay as still as possible. Make sure you do not accidentally cover the camera/microphone hole with your hand.

You will get a better quality of image by using the main camera on the back of your device rather than the camera you use for selfies although this may produce a bigger file

Make sure the device is fully charged before you start and that you can access emails from the device or are able to transfer files to something else

Practice Makes Perfect

A better performance will produce a better video, so make sure that everyone taking part can sing/play their part as well as possible before making the film.  Even if you have great equipment if the performance isn't too good the final product won't be brilliant.

Make your space work

Two aspects to this - site and sound.

Sound first.  The only noise we want to hear is the performance. You may need to turn off the washing machine and even ask other people around you to be quiet.  If this is just one person being filmed you will get the best results if they listen to the backing track through headphones whist performing. This way the film you sent will only have the actual performance and not the backing track which is perfect. If you are filming a more than one performer and they can't all wear headphones try to keep the backing track as quiet as possible.

Site - make sure there is nothing in view that you don't want to film.  This includes anyone who happens to be around that isn't taking part!  The main light source should be in front of the performer rather than behind (e.g. do not film someone in front of a window with the sun shining through). If you can, make a festive scene/backdrop and wear something that looks the part.  Position the camera so that the performer is in the middle of the screen and include the instrument if being played. Encourage singers to move/dance a little and generally make it a show!

At the end of the piece leave the camera running for a few seconds with the performer waving/smiling/bowing etc

Sending the film

Many videos are too large to send by email. We recommend that you use https://wetransfer.com/ or other options such as one drive/drop box etc

If you decide to submit a film you are doing so in line with this agreement.

You agree to the recording, filming and broadcasting of Your contribution [1] and assign all rights in Your Contribution for DPA to use it worldwide in perpetuity in all media known now or in the future.

To the best of Your knowledge and belief, your contribution will not infringe the copyright or any other rights of any third party or be defamatory.

DPA may edit, copy, adapt or translate your contribution at the DPA’s discretion and You waive any “moral rights” [2] that may exist in your contribution.

There is no guarantee that Your Contribution will feature on social media channels/printed media

In consideration of mutual exchange of obligations, you and DPA agree to these terms.

This Agreement is governed by the laws of England and Wales and the jurisdiction of the English and Welsh courts applies.

[1] Your Contribution refers to the media clip you have filmed

[2] This means specifically the rights set out in sections 77 to 89 of The Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988.