We want your responses to Covid-19 Contribute via your mobile phone.

Manchester Histories and partners are interested in getting responses from disabled people on Covid-19.

It's important that we document these times in our history. Some of the responses will help shape and contribute to the live debate we are hosting on Saturday 5th September 2020. Some may be used in the short films we are making about Alf Morris. We are also working with North West Film Archive, we will submit submissions for archiving for future generation to access.

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We are asking people to send us a short response filmed via your mobile phone, no longer than 3 minutes long, this could be a video or audio recording. Just answering one question...

What impact has Covid-19 had on you and disabled people?

To help us get the best footage for broadcast, please see the top tips below.

Please send your file via WeTransfer https://wetransfer.com/ to contribute@manchesterhistories.co.uk

Subject: Mobile Content, with your name and title of submission in the body of the email.

By sending us your film, you are giving us permission to use it.

Your film may be archived and may be shown on Manchester Histories and other partner websites after the festival has come to an end.

Thank you.

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Practical aspects to remember:

  • get someone to help you if needed
    • prepare or think about what you want to say before you start filming
    • always film in landscape (see image above) so that the format is set correctly when you playback
    • set the scene - think about the backdrop of your shot, make it interesting, relatable to what you are saying if possible
    • avoid having a window or light source behind you, or you will be silhouetted
    • adjust your brightness - set it to high so you can see clearly what you’re filming
    • use airplane mode - you don’t want to be interrupted by calls, messages or alerts
    • battery - start with a full battery
    • storage - videos use a lot of space so make sure you have enough memory

  • focus - lock your focus in place by tapping lock your focus in place by tapping and holding on the screen where you want the focus to be
  • stability - use both hands, a selfie stick or a portable tripod or get someone else to film you
  • zoom - move closer for better quality, rather than using the zoom
  • sound - move closer or use the smartphone headphones as a microphone or an external microphone if you have one
  • light - record in a location where there is as much light as possible
  • wipe your lens - clean your lens with a lint free cloth to avoid marks on your video
    • if you involve anyone else in your film, you must make sure you have their consent to use their image
    • be aware of any third party images in the background that may require copyright

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