Questions to Consider
These questions might help you figure out what you want to say in your video. If you have your own ideas, that is fine.
- What is your name? (Can be just first or nick name…whatever)
- How do you identify yourself? (Lesbian? Straight? Bi? Butch? Femme? Kiki? None of the above…? Just me?)
- What about the WANTED posters struck you? Why did you want to participate?
- What did you think of the girl’s version?
- Was it meaningful for you particularly in relationship to festival? If so why? If you thought it could have a broader impact, what makes you think that?
- Do you feel like your life is informed by the fact that you were born female?
- Do you feel like your life is informed by the fact that you identify as a woman?
- How do you feel about Womyn Born Female space?
- Do you feel you are supportive of trans issues?
- Do you identify as trans in anyway? If you do, does that in anyway mean to you that you are not a woman? What exactly does it mean to you?
- Did you grow up a tomboy?
- Are you ever mistaken for a man? When? How does it make you feel?
- Are you ever mistaken for trans? When? How does it make you feel?
- How has festival effected your life/self perception?
- What do you wish were different about your experience as a non-traditional presenting woman?
- What would you tell a young you if you could go back and speak to your young self?
- Always shoot in landscape (the wide way), as opposed to “portrait” (the long way). I shot mine using the selfie side of a Samsung Galaxy 6. Probably if you have an Android phone/tablet or iPhone/iPad any of those will provide a decent quality wide screen video. I can’t speak for what any other kind of phone would provide. Also digital cameras or something available in your computer should be fine as long as it outputs video that is at least 640×360, but the ideal setting would be 1920×1080.
- Try to keep the camera very steady when recording your “interview” portion. It would be ideal if you could record it with your camera on a tripod or propped up in some way where you don’t (or someone else doesn’t) have to hold it. This is just so it is really steady.
- If you are recording yourself in “selfie” mode, try to remember to look toward the camera as much as you are able. It’s very easy to end up watching yourself while you record, but that ultimately makes it look like you are not looking at your audience. If you plan to read what you say, try to place the text you are reading in such a way that you are looking up toward the camera (as opposed to looking down as I did in mine). But it’s also ok to do it in the way you feel most comfortable. The one problem with reading from paper though is that it is surprising loud when listening back in headphones. So if you must read from paper try to be conscious about sound.
- Do some test video before you really get going. Make sure your voice is picking up well and that you like your setting. It would be a shame to spend time recording and then realize you were not projecting your voice enough or that something in the background is not something you want included. Also it’s important to try to record with as little other noise as possible.
- In addition to recording your interview video, if at all possible, also try to record “B Roll.” This is video that has to do with things you speak about in your video. So if you speak about work you do or a hobby, perhaps send some video of yourself doing that thing. For example if you like to bake or paint or fix cars and you speak about that in your video, we can cut away from your interview video, while still using it’s audio and show you doing that thing.
- If possible, include still images in what you send. High resolution is best. We can reduce the size if its too big, but there will be a loss of quality if we have to stretch up.
Sending Us Your Materials
- For now, the best way for us to receive files will be via WeTransfer. It allows one to send up to 2GB in one transfer for free. All you do is click on the “+Add files” button and select the video file from your hard drive that you want to send, then put our email address (email@example.com) in the “Friend’s email” input line and your email address in the “Your email” line. You have the option of including a message. Then click the “Transfer” button. Pretty simple! And FREE!
- DropBox is another good way to send large files. If you don’t have a DropBox account, it is fairly simple and free to set up an account that allows for up to 2GB of space. Create a folder and drag all of the files for your WANTED Project video into it (video files, still images etc). The naming convention of your folder should be “WANTED_FirstNameLastInitial” (example: WANTED_NedraJ). Then share that folder with us using our email address firstname.lastname@example.org.