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Call out for video submissions

If you've got a smart phone you have all you need to take part in SRV's new video project.

Following on from the video series we produced in early 2021, about planning ahead, SRV are now launching a new video project that will reflect the times we live in. The new videos will focus on how we can support those close to us, if we find we need to make decisions on their behalf. The legal elements of these videos are linked to the Guardianship and Administration Act and will highlight how to be a supportive decision maker.

As we face continued lockdowns and social restrictions many of us are missing our loved ones more than ever. So we've decided to create this series of videos acknowledging these times. This means we are inviting video submissions from people throughout Victoria.

SRV wants to create videos that depict people of all ages, from diverse backgrounds, talking about what’s important to them and their loved ones. The videos will be edited together to share the rich and diverse stories of people in Victoria and then go on to explain the considerations and legalities of supported decision making.

If you'd like to participate: Please record yourself talking to camera. You can record yourself for a few seconds, for example talking about one thing that you are missing, or that is important to you or you can record yourself talking for a few minutes on a range of things.

Topics to talk about:

  • Celebrations – what brings you and your loved ones together
  • Faith, rituals, values etc. that you share or don’t share with your family
  • Sentimental prized possessions – yours and what you think other members of your family/ loved ones might value
  • What is most important to you as you age? e.g. staying in contact with friends, being in nature, keeping fit, having nice wine etc
  • It would also be good to have you looking at camera, not talking, for 10- 30 seconds, as there will be opening credits that I would like to run over the top of footage of lots of faces looking to camera (like on a Zoom call).

Shooting guide:

  • Please shoot the video in landscape (wide), not portrait.
  • Please submit your video to Lucy Best at lbest@seniorsrights.org.au if the video is too large to email you can consider using DropBox or a Google drive to upload it to, where Lucy can download it from
  • Ideally, the camera/phone should sit on a tripod to maintain a steady image. If not, try and put the camera/phone on a stable surface
  • Frame in a ‘medium’ shot (top of your head to just below shoulders with just a small amount of space above head)
  • Shoot with enough light so we can clearly see your face. Natural light if possible. Make sure the main source of light comes from behind the camera, not behind you or you will be in silhouette
  • If you would like any help with the filming we can arrange a Zoom meeting and Lucy can offer some directorial support

Remember, this can be fun/ funny, so please enjoy yourself.

If you have any questions or need any support recording your video please contact lbest@seniorsrights.org.au

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