We welcome people organising independent screenings of The Crisis of Civilization. If that sounds like something you would like to do, we provided a DIY guide (below) to putting on a screening. Big or small, contact us and we will endeavour to help.
DIY Guide to organising a screening of The Crisis of Civilization
I. Plan the Event:
1. YOUR GANG
Determine who else among your friends or community would like to help out. Ideally you won’t be doing this alone, and will have a few other people to help out.
Get a crack team together. Specific roles might be:
- A good writer for writing the press release or program handout.
- A graphic designer to design the flyer or you can adapt our promotional poster.
- Someone to introduce the film and possibly host a discussion afterwards.
- A few people who can help with general promotion outreach.
Choose a location that is well suited to the kind of event you want to hold and the audience you want to attract. A local library, an independent theater, a church, or other community spaces are all good options.
3. DATE AND TIME
Once you’ve chosen a location, confirm a date and time with the venue manager. Get in touch with us so that we can add your event to our screenings page and help you to promote it.
4. THE MATERIAL
Now that the film has been released you can either stream it, download it or buy the DVD (for all of these options click HERE). There is no licence fee for screening The Crisis Of Civilization as we want it to be as accessible as possible for everyone! It has been a non-profit venture which has been made possible through the generous time and effort given by volunteers. If you are able to support the team by making a donation however small click HERE and help us to keep it going.
Make sure you can acquire all of the equipment necessary for the screening, checking to see if the venue can provide this equipment or if you’ll need to get any of it yourself. A quick check list includes: the DVD of the film, a film projector, film screen or white wall, a DVD player/laptop, and stereo speakers (if possible go and watch a DVD a few days before as there are ALWAYS problems with projectors – don’t take anything for granted).
6. KEEPING IN TOUCH
Download our mailing list sheet and get people to write down their emails and comments.
Make sure you take photos, write a blog post, review the film and the event, create media – and let us know how it goes!
II. Promote the Event:
1. PRESS RELEASE
Write a Press Release to send to local media outlets, including local newspapers and radio stations. Feel free to download and use The Crisis of Civilization Press Pack.
2. FLYERS AND POSTERS
Design a flyer using our artwork, or by all means come up with your own.
Include all of the main information about the event, including: film name, date and time, location and address, admission cost if any or suggested donation, the main sponsor and any co-sponsors, and a website URL for more information.
Once the flyer is designed, you will want to create about 50 full-page flyers to put up around town. You can make Xerox copies of your flyers pretty cheaply. There are many businesses around town where you can put your flyers up, and universities or colleges usually have many bulletin boards that you could use to advertise your screening.
You’ll also want to focus on a good deal of online promotion. Social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter & MySpace have excellent tools to help spread the word online, including blogs, bulletins, and event invites that will get your event out to many people. E-mail list serves are also great, if you know of any activist or community list-serves, send them the info for your event and see if they’ll include it in their announcements.
6. THE RULE OF THREES
The important rule of thumb for all good promotion is “the rule of threes.” As busy as people are with so many things going on, it takes the public seeing your event info about three times for them to remember your event. If they see it in the newspaper, on a flyer, and on a website, they’re much more likely to remember and come to your event.
III. Hosting The Event:
1. On the day of the event, hand people the program handout you prepared as they show up.
2. Have someone in your group who is good at public speaking introduce your group and the film. Thank the audience for coming, and thank any sponsors that helped pay for expenses.
3. After the event, celebrate with everyone who helped out with the screening. Thank everyone who volunteered their time and energy. This builds group cohesion and will help build the team’s morale for doing future screenings.
So those are the basics of hosting a film screening. With any film screening, raising awareness is the name of the game. If you follow these basic tips, you will be sure to get a crowd of fifty to a couple hundred people at your event, making an important contribution to the knowledge of your community.
REMIX : To combine or edit existing materials to produce something new.
If you’ve seen it, you’ll probably have guessed that here at The Crisis of Civilization we love Remix films – and we want you to have a go too.
We would like to invite you to create your own Crisis of Civilization-style sequences, using unused interview audio of Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed with images put over the top and music laid underneath. Here is an EXAMPLE.
You then upload your creations to YouTube or Vimeo, let us know, and we will post them up here. Then, after a bit, we’ll have a vote via Twitter and Facebook, and the best sequence will get a free DVD (released 1st March) and an A1 Crisis of Civilization poster. But, more importantly, you’ll have a lot of fun creating your sequence – and everyone will think that you’re cool.
Here’s how to do it:
1.Download one or all of these pieces of audio
2. Gather source materials
We highly recommend that you visit the PRELINGER ARCHIVES.
You can type keywords into the search engine, and often dozens of films appear. For example, here is what you get when you type OIL.
You then download the film that interests you. There are literally thousands of films in the archive, and a huge choice of different images from each of these amazing films that you can use.
This article will give you a good idea of some of our ARCHIVE FAVOURITES.
You may need to get some modern footage as well. For this you can visit sites like YouTube and use REAL PLAYER DOWNLOADER.
3. Convert your files.
We recommend you download a free piece of software called MPEG STREAMCLIP.
You can use it to convert the Prelinger film files to almost any other format (mpegs are horrible to edit with), and just start playing around in your editing program. You can also use it to convert any footage you have ripped from YouTube.
If you have a DVD you’d like to remix, here’s how to rip it and make it into a file compatible with your video editing software: DVD RIPPING FOR REMIX.
Once you’ve completed your remix, export your file from your editing program and compress it for the web. Here is a good video to help you use mpeg streamclip for this:
Upload your video to Youtube or Vimeo and let us know. Or you can email it to us and we will post it up here on our site.
another option is you download our film here > http://crisisofcivilization.com/download/ Mash it up and send it in!
We need your help!
DIY Guide to Subtitling The Crisis of Civilization Version 1.0
- Right click and save this .SRT file
- Open the .srt file with Notepad (Windows) or TextEdit (Mac)
- You will see the captions with their time-codes underneath. Simply exchange the text for an appropriate translation.
- Do not “Save As”: Go to the file menu and click “Save”. This will allow the document to remain an .srt file.
- Email the finished .srt file to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will make it available here for people to use. And credit you of course.
For useful document full of guidance for creating subtitles click here. Particularly useful is the information about formatting and line breaks. Please get in touch with any questions.
If anybody is up for improving the English subtitles using these guidelines we would be pleased to hear from you too.