Entry Tools & Tips

Getting Started

Goal: Create a 15 to 60-second original video that convinces teens to not drive distracted.

Thought Starters

  • What is the main message you want to convey?
  • What facts and stats about distracted driving will you include? (HINT: check out the resources on this website)
  • Do you have personal experiences you can draw from?
  • How will you thoughtfully use elements like imagery, sounds, humor, music and narration?

Planning Production

  • Who will act on-screen?
  • Who will speak the words, if there are voice-overs or dialogue? How will you display the words on-screen if you want to show them?
  • Which music will you use, if any? Look for royalty-free music online.
  • Will you use sound effects? If so, consider creating your own or find royalty-free effects online.
  • What scenes, props, costumes or other elements will you need during production?

Tools to Help

Use of the storyboard template is optional; it is designed to give you a sense of how a Drive Smart Digital Short may be created. Download the storyboard template.

Use this shot list when planning what, where and how you are going to capture your project clips.

An entry must answer all the online entry questions and meet the criteria outlines in the entry video checklist.

Once you've created your original video, head over to the contest entry page to put on the finishing touches and enter your creation in the Drive Smart Digital Short contest for a chance to win a $10,000 scholarship!

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