Filming Tips & FAQ

Making a great video isn’t difficult, and you don’t have to be a pro to do it.

The best films are honest, real, and creative. Just grab your camera, smartphone, or GoPro and tell your story!

Here are a few tips to help you make the best video you can:

Tips

Use any camera. We accept footage from smartphones, DSLRs, or any other modern device. Try a timelapse, use drone footage, or shoot POV -- be as creative as you like. (link to info about devices and formats).

Film horizontally. This is really important! Hold your camera or smartphone horizontally (landscape), not vertically (portrait).

Film anywhere. You can film at home, at work, or out in the world. Remember to get permission to film on private property.

Film anyone. Film yourself, your family, your friends, or even strangers (again, with permission!).

Think about the light. Don’t film in front of windows or other sources of bright light, unless you artistically want your subject to appear in silhouette.

Get good sound. It’s important that we can hear you. Try to avoid loud areas. Use a microphone, if you have one, to capture the best sound. Always get your microphone -- or your camera if you don’t have an external microphone -- as close to the speaker as possible for the clearest audio.

Keep your camera rolling. Keep your camera rolling for at least 3–5 seconds; try to avoid lots of zooming and panning.

Film in any language. Canada is a multilingual country. You are welcome to film in any language, or just let the pictures speak for themselves!

Filming FAQs

What format should my video be?

Please film your videos in high definition, 1280x720p or higher, and shoot in a fixed frame rate of 24 or 30 frames per second.

It is recommended that you upload your video in a format that corresponds with Youtube’s acceptable video formats to ensure that the judges can view it.