Voices Via Video Project

It’s easier than ever to create a short visual story with a message. With the video capability of almost every phone – you can be on your way to producing a message to share in no time.

But wait! There is a lot of video out there and all of it isn’t interesting. A little bit of editing can go a long way. If you have iMovie – you’re in luck. It is an incredibly easy editing software to learn. You can record you talking (even reading from notes) and then overlay an action video or still shots.

Hints!  Keep your video short. A 1-3 minute piece will have more views and will inspire more action than a long one.

What are you passionate about and what message do you want to share – get that part solid and you’ll be on your way.


  1. Take some time to visualize your topic. Keep your focus narrow and to the point. More than one idea confuses your audience.
  2. Time for some research – you need to know your stuff! Try to get the most current and up to date facts on your topic. Instead of just saying a statistic can you provide an image that shows it?
  3. Consider your audience – who do you want to rally to action? Make sure your “call to action” is clear. It is a good idea to end with the call to action.
  4. Grab your audience’s attention. You might use visual effects, an emotional response, humor, or surprise to catch your target audience.  Try not to hit them with too heavy a message of PROBLEMS – and be sure to provide your idea of a good SOLUTION.
  5. Create a script and keep your script to a few simple statements.  You might even want to add a short story of 15-30 seconds.
  6. Storyboard your script. In one column write what you will say, in the other column describe the video or still images you will have at that point.
  7. Film your footage and edit your project.
  8. Find your audience and get their reaction. How do they respond and is it in the way you expected? Your goal is to call your audience to action. Are they inspired?
  9. You can have us add your video to our Vimeo account or we can feature a link to where you post it (with your parent’s permission).