FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions

Q:

"I can’t think of any good ideas to make a movie. Can you please give me the award-winning idea?"

A:

We actually got a few people with Type 1 diabetes to chat about this year's topic, and they came up with a lot of great ideas.

We designed this festival to encourage people that are living with Type 1 diabetes to tell us something about their personal story. Or even just to do something fun and creative as a member of this community! So pretty much anything you come up with is going to be of interest to our audience.

Q:

"How do I make a movie on my cell phone?"

A:

Your cellphone already has an app that records video - often the same app that takes photos. AND you can download other free apps that may help you make better quality videos, or you can change the settings on your phone to improve quality with the native camera recorder. ALSO, chances are you would be better to edit your movie on a computer after shooting all the video clips on your phone.

Q:

"I don’t think I can make a movie by myself."

A:

Although you need to be the submitter of the video as somebody living with Type 1 Diabetes, you don’t need to make the video all by yourself! Get friends and family to help you- cast them in your movie, get them to work the camera , record audio and/or edit the video.

Q:

"The videos on my phone look crummy. How do I make them better?"

A:  

Most recent phones can take videos that are way better quality than ANY video camera from even 10 years ago. But sometimes the videos you take look crummy because the settings of the camera on your phone are not at ‘best’, or because when you are uploading the video to the Internet or to/from your computer, the quality is getting scrunched in the transfer.

The trick is to do some tests before you begin making your movie. If you’re not good at technical stuff, maybe get a friend to help you through all this? i) Make sure your phone’s video recording settings are to high quality ii) load your ‘footage’ into a program on your computer that will maintain the quality right through to the ‘export’ of your movie. Exporting your video is when you get the computer program to take all your elements and edit decisions and put them together in one single movie that you can upload to Youtube.

Q: 

"My phone keeps telling me that I have no more memory for storage. How do I fix this?"

A:

You need to free up some memory. Copy the stuff on your phone that you want to save onto another device [e.g. laptop, tablet, usb stick] and clear the memory on your phone’s storage device. If you are still running out, get more memory, or copy the video files over as you make the movie; keep freeing up space to record.

Q:

"I can’t get my movie under 5 minutes! It’s at 7 minutes, and I don’t know how to cut any more without wrecking it. What do I do?"

A:

Try again. Sometimes editing a documentary film means taking hundreds of hours of interviews, and cutting it down to 2 hours. It can be a bit painful, but it’s doable with diligence. Show it to a few friends, and ask them what the video’s about? If they can’t really tell you, then you need to do more editing, maybe even some more shooting. If they agree on what it’s about, then focus on that theme, and cut out some stuff that doesn’t serve that theme. Cutting scenes and bits that you love in editing is sometimes called choosing which of your children to murder. It hurts, but that’s show biz. 

Q:

"I’m doing a music video about me going to the Endocrinologist to the music of Drake. But I notice in your rules and regulations that you expect music to be licensed or copyright free. Is my submission going to be accepted?"

A:

Nope. We want your movie to be a success in our festival and perhaps at other film and video festivals too. And using music that you don’t have permission to use makes your movie unusable to us, legally. There are a million songs and film scores out there that you can use legally and for free. Find a way to make your movie work with music that you have permission to use. If it doesn’t work without a Drake song, then go back to the drawing board.

Q:

"I don’t get this year's festival topic of “What I Don't Tell My Endo”. Can I make a video about my cat instead?"

A:

Yes you can. And if it’s a great little movie about your cat- if it makes us cry or laugh or think seriously about the future of humanity, then chances are good you’ll be in the running for our 1st prize of $500! But you should know that including some aspect of your experience with Type 1 Diabetes and your Endocrinologist is going to get points with our festival jury. So include that angle if possible. But please GET OUT THERE AND MAKE A MOVIE.

Submit your Film but be sure to read the Rules and Regulations.