Do provide film footage of a minimum of 2 minutes and a maximum of 7 minutes in duration.
|Don’t supply short clips of only a few seconds or footage longer than 7 minutes.|
|Do try to make sure that the piece is as close to finished as possible.|
Don’t just submit small clips of the piece on their own- it is hard for the panel to picture what the final piece will look like if they only seen this and have no information about what the finished piece will look like.
|Do use your final choice of music that will be in the final edit. Do adhere to the guidelines regarding royalty free music or original music composed specifically for the piece. |
|Don’t include ‘place holder’ music. The panel make their decision based on all artistic choices in the dance film, including the music. Don’t use copyright music for which you do not have music rights secured. |
|Do have the dancers in costume. Or in clothes as close as possible to the final costume choice and in your application notes about the piece please give precise descriptions of the final costumes. |
|Don’t forget to help our panel picture what it will look like if the dancers are not in the final choice of costume.|
Do make sure that you film the piece in a clear space (move bags or chairs out of shot where possible).
Think about what is in shot and making the space as clear as possible.
|Don’t distract the panel with clutter in the room - they may be mistaken for props. Do not leave washing drying in the background, or other clutter (unless it is part of the piece).|
|Do make sure for there is no identifying content or information in shot or in the opening titles or credits. |
|Don’t include identifying information such as names of dancers, address. Don’t have any identifying information in shot such as school photographs, family information, contact details, etc. |
|Do include all dancers in the filming (or as close to all). Do include the same group of dancers that will be in the final edit of the film, if selected. |
|Don’t film a piece that should have 20 dancers with only 2 present. If selected don’t submit the final film with a completely different set of dancers to the application film footage. |
|Do make sure that the music can be heard.|
Don’t use a phone to play music out of whilst filming - a sound system/stereo is much better. Don’t have the public chatting in the background.
Do make sure that your dance piece and group are well lit and clearly visible.
|Don’t film in the dark. (Unless that is part of the piece)|
|Do make sure that there is a clear start and clear finish|
Don’t have the dancers stood chatting casually at the back (unless this is part of your piece)