How to make your Voices of Courage video

We’re excited to watch and share your Voices of Courage story! Here are some tips for making a great home video with your phone or computer:

  1. If you’re using a smart phone, hold or position your phone horizontally.
  2. Film someplace quiet, without any ambient or background noise. (No people talking, no machine/equipment/car noise.)
  3. Make sure that if you’re not shooting from below your face—keep the camera lens at eye level.
  4. Don’t use your smart phone camera’s zoom. This will make the video pixelated.
  5. Make sure that your head and shoulders fill the screen, but also allow for space around them. Do a test shot if you need to.
  6. Natural light is better than ambient, particularly fluorescent light. If you can film outside (someplace quiet) or by a window, that’s better than filming in a room with only ceiling lights. If you’re making a video alone, face the lightsource. If someone is filming you, make sure their back is to the light.
  7. For iPhone users: Use the iPhone’s exposure lock. Otherwise, the iPhone will keep adjusting and refocusing, which will make the footage unusable.
  8. Submit your video to communications@prh.orgWhen you submit the video, please also send this this completed release form.
  9. You can also share your video on social media. On Facebook and Twitter, use the hashtag #VoicesofCourage

Not sure what to say or how to say it? We’re happy to help!
Email communications@prh.org for suggestions on how to get started.