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Instructions for Participants

COLLISION SHOP IS ABOUT JOY.
 
To be part of it, all you need to do is video tape yourself on your phone following the audio instructions.
 
We put together this four-step guide to help you set up your phone, pick your space, create your recording, and upload your submission. If you have any questions, please email us at collisionshop@mit.edu
 
Please note! You will need to play the audio instructions on another device while you record on your phone. 
 
Please record your sound in the video as well. Don’t worry about sound quality, we will only use it to synch in the edit, but we will not use your live sound in the final piece.
 
If you are uploading directly from a phone, make sure to carefully follow the upload instructions.
 
HAVE FUN! YOU’RE THE ABSOLUTE BEST.

What's in this guide?

Phone Set-Up

Space Set-Up

Upload Settings

Phone Set-Up

Space Set-Up

Upload Settings

Step 1: Phone Set-Up

Step 1:
Phone Set-Up

Start by setting up your smart phone with the right video settings, as detailed below.

Settings for iPhone (4 steps)

Settings
for iPhone
(4 steps)

Settings for Android (3 steps)

Settings
for Android
(3 steps)

Step 2: Space Set-Up

Step 2:
Space Set-Up

Find an area to shoot your video where the light is bright and flattering. Natural light is great so consider facing a window. If the lighting is not flattering, experiment with the time of day or bring in a floor lamp.
 
This should be a space where you can reasonably move around without tripping or falling over anything. To test this, place a chair in the middle of your space. Walk in a circle around your chair with your arms out and see if you can comfortably do so without hitting anything.
 
Consider what we will see behind and around you. If it is messy, make it aesthetically beautiful mess. If it is clean, compose what we see in the frame. This is the set of your dance!
 
Wear clothing that contrasts with your background. If you’re in front of a white wall, for instance, wear something in a darker color.

Placing Your Phone

Finding Your Frame

Adjust the angle of the camera so that there is equal space above your head and below your feet when you stand at the front of your chair. Like this!

Also take note of the nice light and how easy it is to see the dance against the background.

(Dog optional but not required)

Please dress as yourself, in something you feel comfortable and good in. Could your clothes help you stand out a bit from the background so we can see you clearly? That would be swell. Also, please avoid logos and branding!

See examples below.

Step 3: Recording

Step 3:
Recording

You will be asked to respond to a series of prompts. Some of them include moving around, some of them involve answering questions.
 
However you interpret them, you are doing it right!
 
We are very interested in your first take but you can of course do as many as you like.
Part of what is wonderful about this is seeing something unexpected happen, something that might otherwise be called “going wrong.” We -like the great Bob Ross- call it a “happy accident.” 

There is no wrong!

Let it fall apart (then bring it back together)!
 
Freeze in Panic!
 
Celebrate disasters!
 
Of course, we want you to feel GREAT about whatever you send in, so if you want to do a second take, that’s cool, too.
 
But please send us one continuous take, don’t do any edits!!!

Last Task: Expression of Joy

Last Task:
Expression of Joy

The final task in the instructions will be to create an artistic expression of Joy, using anything from your surroundings. For this section, try to stay on camera for the whole process.

This could be like these museum challenges where people make themselves into famous artworks using household objects like sheets and pillows and cans of beans, etc.

You can make yourself look like a specific image, or you can create your own image. Or, you could also make something like a sculpture or painting or a drawing.

You could prep this in advance and take us down the hall into the next room where you have a party with stuffed animals and balloons and your mom dancing.

You also could:

  • grab a bouquet of flowers and just stand there!
  • hold up a baby picture of your beloved!
  • put on lipstick and kiss a post it note and stick it on the wall!
  • turn yourself into the Mona Lisa!
  • build a fort and dive tackle it!

 

But you will probably dream up something even better and even more authentic to you.

You can rush around and assemble this. We will speed up this section of your footage so it will be happening super fast! It will be SO FUN to watch.

You could prep this in advance and take us down the hall into the next room where you have a party with stuffed animals and balloons and your mom dancing.

You also could:

  • grab a bouquet of flowers and just stand there!
  • hold up a baby picture of your beloved!
  • put on lipstick and kiss a post it note and stick it on the wall!
  • turn yourself into the Mona Lisa!
  • build a fort and dive tackle it!

But you will probably dream up something even better and even more authentic to you.

You can rush around and assemble this. We will speed up this section of your footage so it will be happening super fast! It will be SO FUN to watch.

Step 4: Submitting Your Video

Step 4:
Submitting
Your Video

By participating in this project, you are agreeing to allow us to use your video footage online. This footage may also be shown in public venues.

Read details about our intentions for your footage in our Privacy Policy and Media Release pages, which are also accessible from any Submit Stuff page.

If you are under 18, you will need a legal guardian to sign a Media Release Form and send it in to us along with your video submission.

Upload Instructions for iPhone (8 steps)

If you are uploading directly from an iPhone, take extra care to follow these instructions carefully.

Uploading with any other method -like directly from your Photos or Camera app- will result in your video being resized, compressed, and really hard for us to use.

Upload Instructions for Android (5 steps)