(Video uploaded by YouTube user HenriLeChatNoir)
Tired of hearing the same campaign slogans over and over again? Create your own campaign video!
The Seattle Times is asking people to make the kind of fun, political message that we all wish we could see this campaign season.
Here’s the deal: You create a short video (30 seconds to one minute) that depicts a message to Washington voters. We don’t want advocacy ads for a particular candidate or an issue on the ballot. Instead, we’re looking for a tongue-in-cheek take on the political season. This is our effort to make the campaign season fun.
Feel free to add some humor to these videos. Spoofs on political ads are allowed. However, we ask that you not be insulting or hateful toward any particular candidate, political party or ballot initiative. We’ll select videos to share on seattletimes.com, as long as they adhere to our rules.
To give you some inspiration for your own video, we asked local filmmaker Will Braden to create a video starring Henri the Existential Cat, otherwise known as Henri, le Chat Noir. Braden, 32, is a graduate of Garfield High School and Western Washington University who also studied at the Seattle Film Institute. For those of you into cat videos, Henri was the winner of the first Internet Cat Video Film Festival.
And speaking of rules: Make a film with any political theme you like, as long as it’s suitable for a family-newspaper audience (in other words, no sex, violence or bad language, please.) It must be 3o seconds to one minute in length). Upload your video to YouTube, then go here to submit your video.
Very important: If you use music, you must have permission from whoever owns the rights to it.
Only use photos for which you own the rights or have been designated as creative commons licensed work. Not sure what a creative commons license is? Use Wikimedia Commons and make sure you note whoever provided the photo. Always credit the owner of the photography.
By submitting a link to your video, you give The Seattle Times permission to use the video in its own video player for display on seattletimes.com.
The deadline to submit your video is Wednesday, Oct. 17.
Questions? Email news producer Evan Bush at firstname.lastname@example.org.