is Video Nation?
Nation began in 1993 as an experimental TV and archive project for
BBC2. Each year 50 contributors were given equipment and training
to film their everyday lives. Over 1200 short films have since appeared
Now it's an online community and archive, with hundreds of short videos
from all over the UK.
The internet is the ideal platform for this type of content, allowing
people to browse through the video shorts at their leisure.
Whats the point of Video Nation?
Video Nation aims to reflect everyday life across the UK in all its
rich diversity. It's
all part of a BBC community scheme to enable YOU to work with the
BBC to produce a short video for the web.
kind of thing can I film?
This is entirely up to you. It might be something you're passionate
about, or something that makes you happy or sad or simply
something that happens to you everyday.
does Video Nation Devon work?
We supply a simple video camera and some training. We will then
edit the material into a short video ready for viewing on the World
Wide Web. This is YOUR chance to express yourself and you will have
the final say as to whether your video goes online for the world
have no idea how to use a video camera does that count me
No - anyone can take part regardless of your experience. You don't
need to have any film or computer knowledge. The cameras are really
simple to operate and we'll give you some basic training covering
everything you need to know. There is more information on successful
film making in the 'Filming Tips' section of the main Video Nation
Who edits the tapes?
We edit the material that you film, but you will have the chance
to approve the finished version before it goes live. If you are
unhappy about a finished video, then it doesn't get shown. That
way, you are free to shoot as much material as you like, confident
that if you are unhappy with some of it, it will not see the light
will happen to my recordings?
If all goes well your tape will be shown on the BBC Devon website.
If you change your mind about a video later on, well take
it down as soon as we can. We use streaming technology, which means
that the videos cannot be downloaded or kept by others.
long does it take?
That's down to you. Some people only need the camera for a few hours
but usually we are happy to leave it with you for several
days so you can get the most out of taking part. We can discuss
this further when we talk you through the scheme.
in it for me?
It's an opportunity to share your views and experiences with others,
to talk directly to both local and national audiences and to add
your videos to the growing online archive of everyday life. Its
also fun! This is your chance to tell the world about something
important in your life, learn new skills and play a part in a landmark
you have any other questions or comments, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
and we'll be happy to help you.
you'd like to take part, you can apply
here by filling in the online form.