Wall-JordanI am finding it more fun to create videos when there is a purpose and you might have a chance to show a bigger audience.

This time, I thought I’d take a chance and enter the Adobe Youth Voices Aspire Awards, because the theme behind this contest is to create something that can make people stop and think. That whole make a difference kind of thing. Some of the themes were culture, globalization, environment, and the one I chose was community. I made a video to thank the troops titled, We’re Young, We’re Wild, We’re Free; Cause You Let Us Be. The message to the troops is that it may not seem like we care, but we do.

Tip #1: Pick a topic you care about. If you’re going to encourage people to thank the troops along with you, make sure you show how sincere you are in your video. We took a trip to the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. My sister and I filmed ourselves tracing the name of the youngest veteran, Dan Bullock, 15 years old, and father of 5, Clarence Stoddard, with a teardrop running down our faces. LincolnMonument

Tip #2: Read the book How To Shoot Video That Doesn’t Suck by Steve Stockman (Recommended from last month’s book review in School Video News). Best tip IWall-Joely ever got was to keep your shots under 10 seconds long. I jumped from scene to scene, mixing it up a bit, just like they do in movie trailers. We went from the serious scene at the memorial wall to wearing patriotic red and blue wigs walking up the Lincoln Monument, to give Abe a cool head nod. Hopefully giving our video more impact and keeping the viewer interested until the end.

Tip #3: Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there. Getting back to the wig thing, if you caught that in tip #2. We were wearing bright red and blue wigs, along with black sunglasses, on a very busy touristy day at the Lincoln Monument., because it may add that compelling piece to your video. We ended up having a ton of fun because the security guard wanted a picture of us for his 11 year old daughter, saying she’d get a real kick out of who I met today. A lot of other people were taking pictures, and joking around with us. We liked that part!

Here is a link to the contest:

Finalists will be posted on May 4th.

Being a finalist would be an honor, even if we don’t end up winning anything.

JordanWorkingJordan Rice is a junior in High School in upstate New York. She is a member of the National Honor Society, a member of Cortland County Youth Leadership, Co-Captain of the Varsity Cheerleading Squad, part of the Rotary Youth Leadership, a member of drama club where she acts in school plays, and treasurer of French club.

She is Editor of her school’s district newspaper The Lion's Roar sent to 1,900 readers. Jordan has been published in 2011 and 2012 in the Syracuse Post Standard for Student Voices. Some School Video News blogs include stories with the New York Giants, Orange County Choppers, Ironman 70.3, and Courtside to Get the Shot at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse. Jordan hopes to attend college to pursue a career in sports journalism.