If your preference is to record and submit a video to Breaking Code Silence, you just need to record and submit it. Nothing will be shared without your consent and approval. The following instructions are meant as a guide to ensure that the video comes out as cleanly as possible. If you can’t follow it perfectly, do not become discouraged or frustrated. As long as you speak clearly, coherently and truthfully, we can work on producing a short for you. If you have any questions about the process, feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The guidelines for a video submission that we aim for is as follows:
- Record in a place with as little background noise as possible
- Ensure your background is clean. For example, not having the dirty dishes piled up behind you. If all else fails, we recommend doing it against a wall
- Use your phone camera or preferred recording device in landscape mode. This is a lot easier of a format to edit and put on social media.
- Share when you were sent away and what type of program you were sent to. If you feel comfortable, you may share the name of the program
- Share how old you were when you were sent away
- Since we hope that the videos remain under 5 minutes, share what was done to you and/or what you witnessed done to others as briefly as you can
- Share why you are speaking out
- End your video with the statement, “My name is __________ and I am Breaking Code Silence.”
After you have completed your video, please share the video file to email@example.com and also include some pictures you have of yourself as a child. If you have any pictures of yourself when you were in the program, those would be excellent to share.
After you submit the video, we will work on compiling it as a short. However, we will not post it or share it until you have seen it and approved of it.
Thank you for sharing your story and standing up against institutional child abuse.