Video competition

Enter our video storytelling competition and share how your school celebrates this year’s Ed Week theme Lifelong learners.

We want to hear the amazing stories that only you and your school community can tell. Create a mini documentary that showcases the theme of Lifelong learners at your school.

Your film could be about a student, a teacher, a family or your school as a collective.

Your short film doco could be about:

  • Interesting and unique school programs which engage students outside of the classroom

  • Families that have had generations of students attend your school

  • Students starting their own business

  • Students or people in your community who have had an unconventional education pathway

  • Anything else that represents the Lifelong learners theme.

How to enter

Entry is open to all NSW public schools and each school can submit one entry in the primary or secondary category.

Shoot your own footage on a phone or camera and upload the footage to Schools Video (staff only) for editing.

Films must be between 60-90 seconds and encapsulate the Ed Week theme: Lifelong learners.

Schools Video makes it easy for schools to create and publish high quality video content for their school’s websites and social media channels. Find out more about how Schools Video (staff only) works or watch the 20-minute webinar below explaining the key elements of the service.

Entries close 5pm Friday 2 July.

What you can win!

The best primary school video will win an iPad Pro and film making kit that includes a case to make your iPad a serious filmmaking tool, 2 microphones, a tripod, lighting and more!

The best high school video will win a Canon EOS 90D with EF-S 18-135mm Lens and an accessory kit that includes everything you need to start capturing professional footage, including a tripod, memory card and rugged camera bag.

The finalists will be published on the department’s website and social media channels in the lead up to Ed Week 2021, and winners announced during the Ed Week live stream launch on 26 July.

Schools Video overview webinar

Duration: 21:42
Upload your footage through Schools Video for editing.

Video tips and best practice

Video essentials

  • If you’re filming with a smartphone or tablet, best to give the lens a wipe before filming and always film in landscape.

  • Be mindful of background noise. When recording audio/interviews, it’s best to find a quiet room. 

  • Check your settings. Make sure you’re filming in either 1920x1080 or 4K, 25frs. You can also film 50frs if you want to slow down your footage. 

  • When composing a shot, be aware of your subject and the background. 

  • A roll/interviews: Main footage that drives the story.

  • B roll: Footage to support and reinforce story. Be creative!

Lighting

  • Take some time to find an area with the best light.

  • When filming an interview, make sure the light source is in front of the subject.

  • Natural light is the best source of light, so best to find a room with a window or go outside to a shady area.

  • Take some time to find an area with the best light.

  • When filming an interview, make sure the light source is in front of the subject.

  • Natural light is the best source of light, so best to find a room with a window or go outside to a shady area.

Things to keep in mind

  • Compose a list of questions that will prompt the interviewee to help tell the story. 

  • Have an idea of the type of B roll you want to film. It's best to use the interviews as a guide. 

Need some inspiration?

Check out these videos on Facebook and YouTube for some inspiration on how your mini documentary video could look like:

Contact us

If you have a question about the #EdWeek21 video competition, email: EdWeek@det.nsw.edu.au

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