Helpful Hints for Acting Up Video Submission.

To apply for an Acting Up award you will need to submit a two-minute video application that will be reviewed by a panel of reviewers. Submissions don’t require any particular equipment or software, fancy editing or special effects. In fact, we encourage you to use the camera on your smart phone. However, here are a few things to keep in mind when you’re filming to ensure that your video is ready to submit.

  • Always shoot in landscape mode: Turn your phone sideways instead of shooting in portrait. It gives a better sense of surroundings.
  • Hold it steady. You may use a tripod or position your camera to reduce shaking.
  • Lights matter. Your footage will look best when you shoot with lots of light.
  • Sound matters. Get your microphone as close to your subject as possible and be mindful of background noises (such as street sounds, electronic devices and wind).
  • Stick to a script and practice. You need to cover a lot of information in a short time. Questions to guide your script:
    • Name, Neighborhood
    • A thought about your On the Table conversation
    • Your idea – why it is important, where and when it will happen, who be impacted and why it is unique?
    • Success — what will be the result?
  • Watch it. Review your video before you upload to ensure that it includes all the necessary information and is watchable.
  • Time it. Videos over two minutes in length will be disqualified. Make sure you come in under or at the time limit.
  • Plan Ahead. Uploading a two-minute video to YouTube can take minutes or up to an hour, depending on your Internet speed. Allow plenty of time to upload before the 11:59 p.m. deadline on June 1. Submissions received after then will not be eligible.

When your video is complete, upload it to YouTube using the hashtag #ChiTrustActingUp.

You must include the URL of your video in your application form.