Growing Up Army Video Instructions
HOW TO CREATE YOUR VIDEO:
Frame your picture appropriately. The best way to tell your story is for someone to ask you questions and give you prompts. Your story will be edited along with other stories that are created the same way. If you don’t have someone to ask you the questions, use the “Selfie” style to tell your story.
Stand or sit in front of a simple background, possibly a solid color
The lighting should let the audience see your face
Do not not use profane or objectionable language – the story should be
appropriate for all audiences
- Do not wear:
- Small/busy patterns and textures
- Reflective accessories
- Noisy jewelry
- Logos, brands and/or messages (other than official Army apparel) on clothing
- Hats or sunglasses that obstruct the camera’s view and/or lighting of your face
Look at the person asking you questions
If you don’t have an interviewer, look directly into the camera
Position the camera level with the your face
Keep the camera static (not moving) – mount it on a tripod or other stationary structure
Use the Landscape (wide) not Portrait (tall) position
Make sure you are in focus
Record in High Definition (720p - 1080p resolution) with clear, audible sound and no background noise (loud air conditioners, dogs barking, televisions or radios, people talking, etc.)
TELLING YOUR STORY:
At the beginning of your video tell us:
- Your name
- Your age
- Your grade and school (if you are still in school)
- How many people are in your family
Also, please have all participants and children’s guardian(s) read the following statement on camera:
“I, (name of participant), am granting the National Museum of the United States Army full rights to use this video in the museum.”
(Please say each statement before you begin. For example, “To me, ‘Growing Up Army’ means...”)
- What does “Growing up Army” mean to you?
- How many Army personnel are there in your family? Who are they and what do they do?
- What’s your favorite thing about living in a military community?
- What do you think is the same and what is different about being in an Army family compared to being in a non-Army family?
- How do you feel about having your story in the National Museum of the US Army?
- Where do you call home?
- What is your Army Family story?
(in case you get stuck on what to say when answering the questions above)
(Please say each statement before you begin)
- How many different places have you lived?
- What was the hardest part about moving to a new place?
- What is your best advice for kids going through an Army move?
- When you move from one place to another, do you stay in touch with old friends? How?
- Is it easy or difficult to make new friends?
- What are your most prized possessions?
- What is your answer when someone asks you, “Where are you from?”
- Do you have a place that means more to you than others? Why?
- What sports teams do you root for?
- If you could give one piece of advice to other young Army kids, what would it be?
- What would you say to non-Army kids to help them understand what life is like as an Army child?
- Have you ever experienced the deployment of a family member?
- How many? What was it like for you?
- Are you able to communicate with family members when they are deployed?
- What is life like on an Army base?
- Do you have to go through a gate to go to school?
- Do you like your school?
- If you’ve been to both, what’s the difference between an Army base school and a civilian school?
- Do you feel understood by teachers and adults in your life?
- What do teachers most need to know in order to support and be sensitive to the needs of Army kids?
Upload your video to Vimeo.com.
Make the video Private with the password: MyStory.
Thank you for sharing your Army Family story.