1. Develop your story. Subject is “Peace in the Streets” from youth’s point of view. Share your personal vision of how violence affects your life, your friends, and the world family.

  2. Start with an opening, add the middle where the problems occur, then tell about the end of the story explaining about the good or bad results.

  3. Select your actors, director, costumes, background, etc.

  4. Find the location to make the film; could be many, indoors needs a set, outdoors needs good lighting, etc.

  5. Videos should be 5 minutes, no longer.

  6. It could be made individual, or in a group. It can also be in animation, please be as creative as you want.

  7. Your videos can be made on any device; phones, tablets, video cameras, or on any device that has camera.

  8. Upload to our website or through your app if FREE

  9. Instructions on operating a video camera:Most hand held cameras work the same.

    Cameras have a battery or a plug in source, to power the camera on.

    Cameras have a zoom button to make your shot come up closer or farther.

    Turn camera on by opening the side screen door or close the side screen door to turn off the camera.

    Make sure the lens is open. You can tell if its open if you can see an image on the side screen.

    The camera has an opening slot to insert an SD card for retrieving your footage. The bigger size of the SD card the longer you can record.

    Hold the camera with two hands for still recording or use a tripod.

    The camera has to touch screen with options for recording. You can see the settings on the screen and make changes. Most cameras are set to auto for easy recording.

    To start recording you press the red button. You can tell you’re recording if you see a red dot on the screen. As you record you can see a timer on the screen to tell how long you have recorded.

  10. Instructions on how to edit with the Sony software: Professional video instructions are on our website, yet we created a bullet point here for guidance and support.

    Editing in Sony Vegas Movie Studio

    Connect the camera or SD card to the computer

    Open up ‘Sony Vegas’ on the computer

    Create a new project. Then, go to ‘File’ in the toolbar. Hold your mouse over ‘import’

    A side menu will appear, Select “Media” which will open up a File browser.

    Now you can click and drag those imported clips onto the Timeline tracks to being editing.

    The Timeline has Video and Audio Tracks. Video on top, Audio below.

    These tracks contain your clips during the editing process.

    Video Tracks hold Photos, Video and Text.

    You can add an additional track to the Timeline by right clicking on an empty space on the timeline and selecting “Add video track”

    By dragging events left or right in the timeline, you can make them occur earlier or later in your movie. For example, moving the video to the left will make the clip appear nearer the start of your movie, and moving it to the right it moves more to the end of your movie.

    You can adjust the length of your video cip by trimming the beginning and/or end of your file in the timeline.

    Move your cursor to the beginning of a clip on your t timeline and hover over the starting edge of the clip. Your cursor should change from an arrow to the trim tool tip. It looks somewhat like an arrow straddling a box.

    Click and drag the leading edge of your clip to the right.

    You are not trying to move the entire clip, but shorten the beginning. You will see the length of your clip grow shorter in the timeline. The duration of your clip is getting shorter.

    Adjust the end of the clip by hovering over the end of the shot in the timeline and dragging back the end. This process is “non-destructive”.

    In other words, you can adjust the length of your shot forwards and backwards until you have an edit that works for you.

    Now it is time to Export the edited video into a file that can be uploaded.

    At the top-left corner of the screen, select “File”. Then  select “Export” an option menu will appear.

    Select the video format you want the program to exports to. (.avi,.mov,.mpg,.mp4) Choose either mov. or mp4, as these will for sure upload onto our site. Now the video will render. This may take some time.

    The video clip should now be on your desktop, ready to watch or upload.

  11. Adding Credits, Effects and Graphics to your film:

    Once you have finished editing your video or dragging in the video that you want to add credits to, you can go to the “Media Generators” tab.

    Find and click “Credit Roll”.

    There are a few different selections, but let’s choose “Plain Scrolling on Black”.

    Click and drag this to the very end of your clip so that it comes up as a separate clip at the very end.

    Once that loads, a box will appear.

    At the top is “Tittle Text”.

    Double-click it and type in “Credits”.

    For “Sub item Text”, that could be “Director” or “Actors” or whatever you want to put in there.

    Then you can type things like “Test” in the various boxes, or whatever text your want.

    Click the box next to “Insert Text Here”.

    The first box that appears is a header, like the “Credits” in bold.

    The second one is a sub item text, that’s where you can change the category to “Special Thanks To:” in the text box.

    To add an effect, click the Effects tab on the left side of the screen to bring up the effects menu.

    Look through the various types of effects and choose the one you want.

    Click and drag the effect you want over the Video clip and it will bring up a menu to modify the ratios of the effect.

    After tuning the effect to suit the situation, close the effects modifier and the effect will be applied.

    From the “Media Generators” tab, you can also add other text options, such as if you want to add a person’s name in the lower third of the screen.

  12. Approximate time breakdown of our presentation when at the Boys and Girls Clubs

    15 minute opening speech on who we are and what we are about.

    15 minutes to load the software onto computers.

    30-45 minutes to teach the staff how to use the Sony editing software.

  13. Show a video of our prior year’s winners at the beginning of the lesson plan.

    Hands on instruction with teaching the staff to use the editing software.

    Equipment that is necessary for instructions:

    Computers for staff

    TV screen so that Omar can show the videos.

    Project unless Omar is present as he has one

    Staff that have computer literacy so they can be trained

    Password to the internet (this has been an issue)

    Internet access

  14. Make sure the music and still photos are licensable

    Make sure you are not using another’s video and images that are copy written.

    How to obtain a free license, TBD

    There are websites out there that are free (Kevin McCloud), they create music for filmmakers to use in their videos. They are usually built into editing software and there is a royalty free music that is fate to use.

  15. In the event that you do not have a video camera, you are welcome to record a video with any mobile device or phone that you have. You can then grab your footage from your phones SD card and tranafer to your computer, or you can download your photos to a Google drive account and go onto your computer, view them and download from your phone to your computer. If you have a questions in this regard, feel free to contact Omar Tapia at (424) 244-5927 and he is happy to support and guide you with this process.

  16. Omar Tapia is happy to support any staff or youth in any video/editing/uploading or any unanswered questions that you may have.

  17. Upload on our website or mobile app

    After you finish editing is time to submit

    On the first page on the PSGFF web site if you scroll down to the bottom off the page you can find a submitting form.

    The form is for filing out some information about your video like the tittle and your name and age group.

    There is a link on the form where it tells you to click here to download your video.

    To make sure your video is loaded with no errors, make sure you followed the instructions on ow long a video should be (1-5 min long no longer).

    We also ask for your email, so that we can send you a conformation email telling you we have received your entry.