DO IT YOURSELF
- We think that the potential strength of the VOIZES project lies in two things: the number of interviews made or data collected, and the number of collaborators that participate in the project.
- In order to collect the maximum quantity of interviews with prisoners from all over the world we need help. We need broader participation. So that’s where you come in. If you understand the mission of the VOIZES archive and want to collaborate, the easiest way to do so is contribute an interview!
- All collaboration is guided by principles of solidarity. VOIZES does not pay for content, however contributers to the project are credited on the project’s ABOUT page.
- All VOIZES’ interviews follow the questions from the QUESTIONNAIRE menu above. If you have questions that you want to ask and think are relevant, wait till the end and go right ahead. But, please write down these additional questions and submit them together with your interview.
- Only send us your raw footage and/or audio- don’t edit anything. In order to maintain the project’s aesthetic and theoretical uniformity, the VOICES’ team maintains control of the final edit and post production. We’ll share the interview with you for approval, before it goes online. If you don’t like the edit or there’s something you want to change, we’ll work with you to figure out a solution. This being said, all final edits are in black and white and must hide the identity of the interviewee.
- We’d love for all of our interviews to be done with at least two cameras and an external audio recording system. But we understand that is not always possible. Not everyone has this much gear just lying around. So we’re flexible. If you’ve got a nice DSLR or a couple of GoPros, go ahead and use them. But if you’ve only got a compact camera or your smartphone, that will work too. And if you don’t have any video capacity, just do an audio interview. We’ll turn it into video, edit and subtitle it.
- Once you’ve finished, ask the person you’ve interviewed if they have any additional material they’d like to submit to the archive. There is a space at the end of each archive entry for submissions from the people interviewed. If they have a website, artwork, photography, legal document, poetry, social media, or essays that they’d like to add to the archive they can do so. Just send us the material together with the interview.
- Finally please document the names of the prisons or detention facilities where your interviewee was incarcerated. Formal names of the facility and the name of the city and state/province where they are located is mandatory. If you have a camera, please shoot three vertical portrait photos- from the front, side, and back. If the interviewee is comfortable revealing their identity, the portrait can do so. If not please shoot the photos so as to cover their identity (from the neck down, hands, from eyes up, etc.)
- Below is a manual further explaining the interview’s technical and shot specifications. If you have any questions don’t be afraid to ask.
- SUBMISSIONS: Please send your raw footage and/or audio to firstname.lastname@example.org (If the files too large for your mail, you can use websites like yousendit.com or wetransfer.com).
- NOTE: If you have experience editing video and would like to do your own edit of the interview you submit, please contact us.