Tuesday, 23 August 2011

What does adoption mean to you? Tell us this National Adoption Week

So it is now about a month to the deadline for our national film competition. If you missed our previous blog on the National Adoption Week film competition, the basic idea is that we're asking adoption experienced people to make a short film about what adoption means to them.

If you'd like to enter, but aren't quite sure how to make your film, here are a few tips that might help you along the way.

Use your passion
Adoption changes lives, and if you are reading this then chances are you too have been changed by it. Speak from the heart, share your journey with us, and be yourself.

Don't worry about being the next James Cameron
While your film should be lit well and the sound should be audible, don't get too bogged down with the technical side. Most of all the judges will be looking for films that inspire others to adopt.

Ask a friend for help
If you're stuck for what to say, maybe get a friend to interview you and then edit together the best bits. You could also do interviews with other members of your family if you don't want to appear in front of the camera yourself. Remember however, we don't advise including children on screen. Their help is better behind the camera.

Get inspired
Have a look at other films people have made to inspire your own film. You might like to watch some of the father's day videos that feature on the BAAF YouTube channel.

Don't forget copyright
Remember you can't use any video footage, music or photos that belong to someone else. You can always create your own, or try some free software packages that provide free music. Garage Band is one example, but you maybe able to find others with a quick internet search.

Watch our video on how to create and upload a film to YouTube

And here it is...

Now all that's left to say is, lights, camera, action! Good luck and we look forward to seeing your entries.

For more information about the film competition visit www.nationaladoptionweek.org.uk/film-competition

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