Eurovision 2015 – This year’s Song Contest has the slogan ‘Building Bridges’, and it’s an event connecting people all over the world. Now, fans can make ‘video bridges’ across cultures, borders and time zones – and become part of the final show itself.
A flying snowball from Iceland to Australia, someone from Ireland frightening an Italian with a bucket of ice water, or a proposal of marriage across the continent…Austrian broadcaster ORF is looking for original video connections between two people in different countries.
The best and most creative entries will be selected by the editors and broadcast in the Final of the Song Contest – to around 200 million viewers.
1. Contact friends or acquaintances abroad you’d like to „build bridges“ with. Do you share an idea for a video? Or connect with someone who already has the first part of a ‘video bridge’ out.
2. Film the first part – ideally before a typical background, like a tourist attraction, in the mountains or at the sea.
3. Ask your partner to continue the video – and as accurately as possible to consider the connecting locations.
4. Load the uncompressed videos (both parts separately) onto the ORF platform video.ORF.at and enter all of your contact details.
For the videos to be used in the Song Contest show, please note some technical details:
• Film your entry in the best possible quality of your mobile phone or your camera (ideally, Full HD 1920 x 1080, 16: 9)
• Avoid pans and jerking; film your ‘video bridge’ as much as possible without camera movements.
• To facilitate the Eurovision Song Contest editors’ assembly, leave about ten seconds of buffer time at the beginning and at the end of all videos.
• Do not use additional background music.
• Send the video directly from your phone to video.ORF.at or transfer the finished files from your phone or via cable from the camera to the computer. Please do not use tools: WhatsApp compresses videos automatically, thus reducing the video quality.
• To check, you can assemble both videos into a finished „video bridge“ – but for submission it‘s not necessary.
• Last day to send your videos is April 30th.
Check out an example of video bridging here.
Have fun building bridges. Be creative!