Hey filmmakers, for those of you working on the STA Travel Creative Invite, please have a read of these answers to the commonly asked questions about the brief. 

 

Q: Can someone not from the US enter the competition, although the showreel won't have US footage?
A: Yes, this Creative Invite is open globally, as long as you are able to get a Visa to travel to the US for the dates outlined in the Creative Invite Guidelines. Countries that are a part of the visa waiver program can participate - these countries do not need a visa to travel to the US. Please note it is NOT required to have US footage to participate - as this footage does not need to be included in the video. You will need to describe or sketch your plan while in the US in the storyboard- more on this below!

Q: The one minute showreel is basically just a sizzle reel of the idea we have and we CAN use copyrighted material to obviously show this right?
A: NO. The video should be a visual treatment outlining the technique you wish to use. The video should be max. 1 minute in length and showcase the technique you want to use (for example a special kind of framing, panning shots, tracking shot, soft lighting, color treatments, etc). This can be taken from previous work you have done, or you can do a ‘test’ to include within your treatment - but you should not use copyrighted material within this. It doesn’t have to include the landmarks, how you’d portray these can be covered in your storyboard. it’s more about showing the visual techniques you’d like to use/show rather than tell the story of what you’d film in your final video.

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Q: Is it correct to assume the 'do and don't' list is a just an all-round list, not just talking about your one minute concept but mainly focussed on your final commission piece?
A: Yes, you are very right. The ‘do and don’t’ list is meant as an overall reminder to ensure that when considering how you’ll approach the brief, you keep in mind that within your concept you shouldn’t put too much focus on the landmarks.

Q: How can we make a showreel with our original resources without travelling the itinerary before hand? There are no resources (photos + videos) provided to use.
A: This is a good question. The host has clarified what they are looking for - still 3 elements, but the first point is slightly changed:

  1. A video treatment outlining the technique you wish to use. This is  not the actual idea of what you will film on location, more ‘HOW’ you will film it. The video should be max. 1 minute in length and showcase the technique you want to use (for example a special kind of framing, panning shots, tracking shot, soft lighting, color treatments, etc). This can be taken from previous work you have done, or you can do a ‘test’ to include within your treatment. You should not use copyrighted work, the point is to see your own techniques and original work.  (There is no need to include landmarks here, again it is just to show the “how” you will film, not the “what” you will film. Of course if you have personal footage of landmarks from a previous trip, you are welcome to use it).  
  2. A project plan as PDF outlining how you would approach the challenge (in English). You may wish to add a link to any of your past work/creative portfolio.
  3. A visual storyboard with your idea applied to one of the 3 outlined itineraries (see Creative Invite Pack). This is where you will tell the story of what you will film. This is essentially a combination of parts 1 and 2, visually showing the whole concept around the video you would make in Stage 2. To avoid using copyrighted material of US landmarks in this step, you might name the landmark or sketch it. 

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Q: For the storyboard + project plan and description,  is there a maximum size in terms of megabytes?
A: 10MB per submission is the standard.

Q: For the soundtrack, we can't use copyrighted material? What about assets under creative commons, could we use these?
A: No, but you can buy a license online to use non-copyrighted soundtracks within your showreel. A soundtrack is not required.

Q: For the Showreel: do you need to show the destination? Or could you use a different place as long as you show your concept?
A: 
You can use a different location, the video is more about showing the technique and HOW you’d like to film your concept, rather than WHAT it is you are planning on filming.

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Be sure to check out the STA Travel Creative Invite for more details. Hurry time is running out!