1. Plan your message
It’s best to plan your video’s message and make notes of what you would like to say. Choose one theme for your video and identify the key message you wish to share.
Your video could focus on one of many themes. Some examples include:
(i) something you would like people to better understand about epilepsy, (ii) the story of your diagnosis, (iii) the importance of International Epilepsy Day, (iv) how epilepsy has affected your work or education.
Practicing your message before recording will help you keep on point!
2. Keep it brief
People have quite short attention spans, so they are less likely to watch longer videos. Video for Instagram should be a maximum of 1 minute long. This could be limiting, so if you have a number of points to communicate you might consider creating a series of short videos.
If you are working on a longer video we would recommend a maximum length of four minutes. This can be shared on YouTube and Facebook.
3. A Quiet Space
Find a calm and quiet space to record your video message, not only will this make things more comfortable for you, but it will also mean that the audio is nice and clear.
Make yourself comfortable too! And try not to speak too quickly.
4. Framing the Shot
You can use whatever you like to record your message, whether it’s an iPhone, Webcam, etc. It’s always best when using a camera phone to place it horizontally as it will look best on Youtube this way.
If you find it awkward to hold the camera while recording your message, ask a friend or prop it up on a desk or shelf. Webcams can be a good alternative.
Remember that you do not have to feature in the video if you prefer not to; instead you can have a background image(s) such as a scenic shot of the countryside or city that you live in with your voice recorded while the video captures the scenery
Videos can be created in any language. If creating a video in your own language please also consider creating a version in English, if possible. For videos created in languages other than English we ask you to send us a transcript of the video that can be converted into subtitles by our team.
6. Sharing your video
We would like you to share your videos on International Epilepsy Day (Monday, 10 February 2020). They can be shared through your personal social media accounts, if you are happy to do so.
Videos can be shared directly to Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. You can also upload your video to YouTube.
Please make sure you tag your video with the ‘#epilepsyday’ hashtag.
You may also like to include other keywords such as #epilepsy, #epilepsyadvocate, #patientexperience, and any other words you find appropriate.
Where possible, tag the appropriate International Epilepsy Day social media accounts so we can find and share your messages!
If you are not a social media user, but would like to be involved, you can email your videos directly to us here. We will not share your name or personal details, unless you give us specific permission to do so.