Created by What Took You So Long for Global Giving, this video offers 34 tips and examples for creating short films about non-profit organizations and international projects. We focused on 3 primary areas: directing and producing, shooting in the field, and editing.
All of the footage in this video was filmed by What Took You So Long in locations around the world, including Somalia, Haiti, Kenya, Colombia, Liberia, Mongolia, Papua New Guinea, Namibia, India, and more.
GlobalGiving is a charity fundraising web site that gives social entrepreneurs and non-profits from anywhere in the world a chance to raise the money that they need to improve their communities. Since 2002, GlobalGiving has raised over $78 million from 308,772 donors who have supported 7,209 projects.
Set the scene
Capture honest moments
Use public transport
Powerful images create discussion
Kids are awesome, but don't exploit
Share positive stories
Emotions create connection with viewers
Feature Local leaders
Build a relationship
SHOOTING IN THE FIELD
Use two cameras or more
Play with focus and jump cuts
Play with perspective
Make the Simple Beautiful
Improvise with your equipment
Simplify your message
Add drama and predictability
Repetition increases impact
Experiment with background and movement
Effects can be fun, but be careful
Match imagery with music
Utilize local sounds
Audio can speak for itself
Create original title cards
Work with good translators
But don't overdo the humor
Don't over-rely on voiceovers
Work with external footage
Take 60 seconds to learn about the importance of motherhood.
Meet Ibu Robin Lim, midwife and founder of the Yayasan Bumi Sehat health clinic, which offers free prenatal care, birthing services and medical aid to women in Indonesia.
She was awarded the 2011 CNN Hero of the Year award by CNN for helping thousands of low-income women in Indonesia with healthy pregnancy and birth services.
We spent almost a month glued to her aura of love, enjoying numerous meaningful encounters that you will discover in upcoming episodes. We hope this one minute film will portray the beauty that we experienced.
With all our gratitude,
Nora & Arie from Human Postcards
HUMAN POSTCARDS is an ongoing series of 60 second video portraits, capturing the inspirational and often powerful messages of every-day people from around the world.
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