guidance document

Follow these top tips to film a successful video on your phone

Firstly, choose one or two of the following questions to address in your short clip

1. What inspired you towards a career in this sector?

2.     What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?

3. Are there any challenges or unusual aspects to your role?

4. What does being a member of CIWEM mean to you?

5. What key piece of advice would you give to someone starting out in their career?

6. What do you see as the biggest changes facing the sector over the next 10 years?

Secondly, follow these technical and style tips to ensure your video will have good quality sound and vision:

1. Film with your smartphone turned sideways (not upright).

2. Look straight into the lens of the camera during the whole of your message.

3. Try to keep as still as possible. Ideally, ask a friend with steady hands to film you.

4. Frame yourself in the picture so we can see the top of your head, and importantly all of your chin. Your face should take up a third to a half of the frame.

5. Record your message somewhere quiet (for example, not by traffic, running water or with people talking in the background). Smart phone microphones are not very powerful so please speak up a little – without forcing your voice - and don’t be too far away from the microphone.

6. Avoid filming yourself with your back to a bright window, bright lights or sunshine. It is better to have any light source shining onto your face.

7. If you have an interesting background, position yourself slightly left or right of centre. Please avoid things like rubbish bins, exit signs and commercial signage in the background of your shot.

8. Once you press record wait for a couple of seconds before you start speaking and wait a couple of seconds after your message before you stop recording.

9. We are looking for short, concise messages of no more than 20 seconds each.

10. Speak as though you are talking to a friend. It is important that you are relaxed and natural, and that your message sounds spontaneous and as if it comes ‘from the heart.’ It is important that it doesn’t sound memorised or rehearsed.

Finally, share your video clip at the highest resolution possible

Send it with your name, job title and organisation to

Thank you for contributing,
the CIWEM team.