Note: These are the original instructions on how to participate in the Period Stories documentary film. The submission period ended on April 12, 2015.
How can I send my video?
Fill out the information form at the bottom of this page. Go to wetransfer.com and send your video to firstname.lastname@example.org. Note that the transfer limit is 2GB. If you have any problems with the transfer, shoot us an email and we'll help you.
By sending us your video(s), you agree to give the makers of the Period Stories documentary film, the rights to use and edit your video(s) to make the Period Stories documentary and distribute the documentary on all available platforms.
Who can participate?
Anyone over 16. This documentary is for everyone, woman or not, young or old. In fact, help older folks in your life make a video too. Their stories might surprise you.
When is the last date to participate?
Editing will start as soon as we get the first videos, so get to shooting and sending your videos right now! The very very latest date to send videos is April 12, 2015.
Do I still own my video?
Yes. You can still do whatever you want with the video you've made. You are just giving us the necessary rights to make and distribute the documentary.
What should I use to shoot the video?
Use whatever camera is available to you. Your phone or a webcam will work just fine. The picture quality is not a priority but if you do have access to a better camera, by all means use it.
What language should I speak?
We accept videos in English & Finnish. This is because we don’t have the resources to translate the videos from other languages.
If English isn't your native language (it ain't mine either!) – fear not. Just do your best and don’t worry too much about pronunciation or grammar. All that matters is that we can grasp what you’re saying.
Can I publish my video online?
To keep the stories fresh, we prefer that you don't publish your video online before the documentary has been released (June 2015). That being said, the decision is up to you, after all it is your video.
You are more than welcome to spread the word about the film and the fact that you are participating.
What if I don’t want to show my face?
If you have a story to tell but for some compelling reason need to guard your identity, don’t worry.
You can still participate f. ex. by filming a stuffed animal ”talking” with your voice coming from off-screen.
Keep in mind though that these videos are about being brave and talking about our experiences openly. Please show us your pretty face unless you have a serious concern for your safety.
- Place the camera/phone down on a stable surface. Shelf, table, chair... anything. This will keep the image stable and easier for the eye.
- Make sure that there's enough light so that we can see you. Daylight usually looks best.
- Shoot in a quiet place and check that you're close enough to the mic.
- Make sure that there is no music in the background of your video. Try to avoid visible logos in your clothing and in the background.
- Videos should be horizontal so that they'll cut together as nicely as possible.
- Look straight into the lens.
- Send the video in it’s original format, and trust me with the editing (If you’re a vlogger and really want to make some edits yourself, feel free to do so, but make sure you export your video in good quality).
Say hello in your own language and tell us your name and where you’re from. ”Ciao, I’m Giorgia from Italy.”
Say ”periods” in your own language and what words or euphemisms you use or have used to refer to them, e.g. ”Periods. ’Aunt Flo’.”
Tell your story!
Send your video
1. Get in touch (optional)
If you want to get in touch beforehand and ask any questions or just tell us your story before filming, you can email me at email@example.com.
2. Fill out this information form
3. Send us your video!
Go to wetransfer.com, click "Add files" and choose your video from your computer. Fill in firstname.lastname@example.org in the "friend's email" field. Next fill in your own email, and write your full name in the message field.
Important: By sending us your video(s), you agree to give the makers of the Period Stories documentary film, the rights to use and edit your video(s) to make the Period Stories documentary and distribute the documentary on all available platforms.
Please note that even though every video is greatly appreciated, we might not be able to fit them all into one documentary. To make sure that your video won't be cut due to technical issues, have a read through the instructions.