World Food Day Video Challenge

  • Plan ahead with a script or storyboard and a clear story.
  • Have a beginning, middle and end, but keep it short.
  • Include conversational interviews and try to avoid reading from a script. 
  • Make use of natural, indirect light. 
  • Avoid distractions—computer in background or AC noises—and minimize use of music.
  • Shoot plenty of extra footage, with movement in the shots when possible.
  • Use a tripod and a good microphone if you can.
  • Drop the jargon, and make the science understandable to high schoolers or your grandma.
  • Include a snappy, but relevant title.

A Brief How-To Guide, by UC Davis Student Affairs

The Best Tips on How to Make Professional Video with Your Smartphone, Gizmodo

Video Techniques, UC Berkeley Journalism School

5 Secrets For Taking Amazing iPhone Videos, Time

Q: Can faculty and staff help with the video?
Yes, anyone can help with the video. However, only UC students registered for the Fall can be members of the submission team and be eligible for the prizes.

Q: Can the teams be comprised of students from different UC campuses?
A: Yes.

Q: Can my student group’s volunteer work at the local food bank be a topic?
A: No, only UC-affiliated research and/or programs utilizing the research can be showcased. The research objectives must be included in the video. If the food program is using UC research to improve its program, then the topic is acceptable; but this must be explained in the video.

Q: Can the research highlighted be from a student or doctoral candidate?
A: Yes, any UC-affiliated research can be showcased, including student research.

Q: If the winning submission is not from a team, can the winner invite friends to the World Food Prize?
A: In the event that the winning submission is from one person, only that person will be given travel support. However, the second place winner(s) will be given the option to attend the World Food Prize (up to two team members).

Q: Can I submit more than one video?
A: No.

Q: I am taking the quarter off from school. Can I still be a member of a team submission?
A: No, you must be enrolled at a UC campus of the Fall 2016 term to be eligible.

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