Plan before you film

Think about how you’d like to tell the story of your solution, and consider what video format works best for you.  For example, you can talk to the camera or have somebody interview you, you can deliver a documentary style film or create a slideshow with a voiceover.  Think about re-using – do you already have footage or photos that help tell your solution’s story or do you need to shoot everything from scratch?

Who will be watching

Your audience will be the general public and our Adaptive Power Challenge judges. The aim is to tell them all about you and your solution how it will make an impact to broadband energy.

Write a script

Create an outline for your film to ensure you cover all the points needed to explain how your solution works and why it should win. Think of the audience that is going to watch your film.  Think about the criteria, remember we are looking for innovative tech solutions which help improve power consumption. How do you make the content engaging? Writing down a full script will help you be clear about structuring your video.

Create a shot list

Write or draw a sequence of the footage, images, and/or interviews you need for your film. Make it realistic and ensure it’s doable within the timeframe you’ve got! Use a recording device with the best quality – use whatever you have that gives the best quality but we’d suggest a DSLR camera. If not, use a smartphone with the highest resolution camera you can source.

Find somewhere quiet

If you’re being interviewed or speaking in the film, try to find a peaceful meeting room or a quiet corner for the recording. When you listen back, make sure the voices are clear and there isn’t lots of background noise. Try and avoid buzzing refrigerators, air conditioning, people laughing in the background. Want subtitles? Check out Apple’s new CLIPS app and the revolution in voice recognition technology.

Find somewhere with good light

Next to a window with natural light flooding in is ideal. Always have the light in front of you and not behind you so you don’t become a silhouette.
Frame yourself like a vlogger – If you’re appearing in front of the camera, keep it landscape (horizontal) and film from the head down, and chest up. It’s probably best someone helps you, unless you have a tripod.

Rehearse but then speak naturally

Rehearse before you film but use your own words to tell the story. We want to hear why you are so passionate about your solution.

Keep it short and have fun

Remember you are inspiring other people to vote for your solution, so inject a bit of your own personality into the film and have fun with it. Smiles, laughter, emotions – we want it all. By no means no copyrighted material, please…

Edit what you make

Making small edit changes makes a massive difference to the result. There are a wide variety of intuitive tools and programs to edit your video once you record it. There’s also plenty of YouTube tutorials to learn how to do it.

Upload your film

Download the film from your camera/phone to a computer and then upload onto your YouTube or Vimeo channel. Paste the link to your video into the submission form on the Digital Imagination website. Follow these links to learn how to upload videos: