Thank you so much for your interest in submitting a video to us! One of the reasons Life Where I’m From started was to show what everyday life is like all over the world. We couldn’t do it without you!
Next community video projects: ???
Hey everyone, I’m spending a few moments to think about what the next community video projects will be. I’m finding it difficult to edit the around the world series of videos, so I’m thinking of a format that might be easier to put together. I’m thinking perhaps a focus on a single country / video creator at a time would be both easier to manage as well as result in videos that are more cohesive. If you have any ideas for videos from where you from, please do contact me and we can chat.
- Name: Use whatever name you’re comfortable with us sharing, whether it’s your first name, full name, channel name, or something else.
- Video Download Link: We prefer Google Drive links, but you can use a different sharing service if you have to. It’s just easier to manage and anyone who signs into YouTube account will already have a Google account which includes a free Google Drive account.
- Link to YouTube video on your channel: We encourage you to also publish the video on your channel, but it’s not necessary. If you provide the link, we’ll embed the video on the lifewhereimfrom.com site. Note: For the copy of the video you’re uploading to us, make sure to not use any background music, but feel free to use background music in the video on your channel.
- YouTube channel URL: If you have a channel, please let us know, so that we can include it on our site as well as in the description of the video. Please provide the URL address, as many people have similar channel names. To find the URL, go to your channel page and copy the URL from the address bar. It should look something like https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqwxJts-6yF33rupyF_DCsA.
- Social Media: If you’re on other social media, like Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, etc… please feel free to let us know what your handles are.
Filming and Editing Tips
I know it can be intimidating to shoot your own video. I’ve shot hundreds of videos and still screw up, am unhappy with the results, and am unsure of what to do. Some have asked about what to shoot or how to go about doing it, so here are a few tips on how shoot a video showing off your living room.
- Please, please, please shoot horizontal (landscape) 🙂 If you don’t know what that means, learn about it here.
- If someone can film you, that’s generally results in the best quality.
- You don’t have to be in front of the camera, but it makes it more interesting to watch.
- Try not to move the camera around too quickly. Slow and steady wins the race!
- The personal touches make it interesting. So do share little things that you personally find interesting.
- Watch out for sound quality. The closer you are to the camera, the better audio you’ll get – not too close though 🙂
- Watch out for lighting. If you’re standing in front of a brightly lit window, unless you have a nice camera, they don’t tend to handle it very well.
What to Say
Let’s pretend you’re shooting a video about your living room.
You don’t have to be in front of the camera, but if you can manage it, it would be nice if you get in front of the camera and tell us your your name, as well as the city and country you live in. For example:
- “Hi, I’m Greg. I live in Tokyo, Japan, and this is what my living room is like.”
Let us know 3-5 points about your living room. For example, if I were discussing a Japanese living room, I might say:
- “There’s usually no separation between a living and dining room. They’re in the same space and I find it tends to be a lot smaller than what you’d find in Canadian and American homes.”
- “It’s not uncommon to have no couches or chairs, although it’s becoming more and more standard to have them. I’ve been to places where there’s a large coffee table that people sit around and eat their meals. Most people nowadays to tend to buy small couches, but a kitchen or dining table is not as popular as couches.”
- “For lighting, having a single light or two attached from the ceiling is the most common. You don’t often see lamps that you’d plug into a wall socket, like the one’s a lot of people buy from Ikea.”
- “Sometimes the floor is made from a tatami mat. In older places, it was very common to have tatami floors, while in newer, big places, some houses will have a special tatami room that’s separate from the main living room (usually separated by sliding doors).”
- “In really old Japanese homes, they would have a kind of fire pit in the middle to cook food with. But, I’ve never seen a Japanese homes with a fireplace and a chimney that is built into a wall.”
- I’ll be editing the videos together, so please don’t add music. (If you’re putting the video on your own channel, please do add music to that version).
- Feel free to cut out any bad takes / scenes and combine all the footage into a single video to send.
- We shoot in 4K, but obviously don’t expect that quality of footage. Just send whatever’s the best resolution you can, and if you have to encode/render the footage from editing software, just make sure to export quite high quality footage.
- Anywhere from 1 minute to 5 minutes will work. We probably won’t use the whole video, but you can always publish to YouTube and we’ll embed it on the lifewhereimfrom.com site.
- Please upload the video to Google Drive and then share the video with us using the form above. If you don’t have Google Drive, a file sharing service like Dropbox or One Drive is acceptable.
What will happen with the videos
Unfortunately, there’s no way to include everyone’s videos for a significant amount of time. However, even if we don’t prominently feature your video, we do try to show at least a clip or two.
If you make and post your own edited video on your own YouTube Channel and give us the link (via the form), we can put it on the lifewhereimfrom.com site.
Another thing I’d like to point out, is that as interesting as your place may be, we can only show a minute or two of any one place. But, you may have 10 minutes worth of interesting content to show the world. So even though I’m looking to only use so much footage in the LWIF video, by publishing your own video on your channel, you can make the video whatever length you want!
We’re open to collaborating with a single person on a full length video, providing the style is similar to what we do at LWIF. I’d be quite cool to help somebody launch or build up their own channel and maybe doing a few videos with us can help. If you have a video, just contact us and we can talk!
If you have any questions, just leave a comment below. Don’t be worried about making a mistake in the video or in submitting the form. I’m new to this too, so am fully expecting all of us to make stuff, break stuff, and learn 🙂