Video:

Camera:

  • You may shoot on any phone with a good camera (iPhone, Samsung etc.) or a DSLR.

 

Shooting:

  • Ideally, please ask a friend to film you.

  • However, if you are by yourself, please try and use a Tripod.

  • As a last resort, shoot the video in selfie mode

 

Style:

  • If shooting with a phone camera, please make sure that you shoot horizontally (i.e., landscape mode) and not vertically (i.e., portrait mode).

 

Format:

  • If recording with a DSLR, and the option is there, please make sure the settings are as follows:

    • Aspect Ratio - 16:9

    • Resolution - 1920x1080 (minimum)

    • Frame Rate - 25 frames per second

 

Lighting:

  • Please make sure that the location is well lit and is sufficient lighting on your face and eyes.

  • Please make sure that you are facing the strongest light source. For example, do not stand with the sun behind you otherwise you would appear silhouetted in the video.

 

Eyeline:

  • Please make sure that you talk to the camera as if talking to the audience beyond. Having said that, feel free to physically express yourself in whatever way makes you comfortable.

Audio

Environment:

  • Please choose a location with a quiet environment.

  • If you are indoors, please turn off the air conditioner or any other device that may interfere with the audio.

  • Avoid shooting outdoors if the conditions are windy as this will be picked up by the video.

 

Microphone:

  • Regardless of the camera you use, please do a test recording to make sure that your distance from the camera is appropriate and that the audio is captured properly.

  • We do not necessarily need audio recorded separately; the audio recorded by your camera or recording device should be sufficient.

  • Please do go ahead and use a microphone for recording audio separately if that is preferable to you, but there is no compulsion to do so.

Exterior:

  • If shooting outdoors, make sure you do so during the daytime (please see lighting guidelines).

  • Please make sure that the environment is not noisy; perhaps choose a time of day when there are fewer people around.

 

Location Permission:

  • Regardless of where you shoot, please make sure the owner of the place is okay with you doing so.

If shooting from a SMARTPHONE:
  • Record your video(s) as per the Technical Details, beginning with holding up a card with your name, email ID and country written on it (preferably in English); this will help us track you if required, especially if your submission is incomplete
     

  • After speaking in front of the camera, we ask to show your gratitude to Guruji by performing an asana of your choice in front of the camera. It could be recorded:

    • Indoors or outdoors

    • Without audio or by speaking about the asana while getting into it

    • Next to an iconic, identifiable location of the city (for ex., the Eiffel Tower in Paris) depending on your place of residence or your location at the time of shooting; you could shoot it and perform an asana in connection with the monument
       

  • Save the video(s) AS IS, since you shall not be able to change the name of the file on the phone

If shooting from a COMPUTER:
  • Record your video(s) as per the Technical Details, beginning with holding up a card with your name, email ID and country written on it (preferably in English); this will help us track you if required, especially if your submission is incomplete
     

  • After speaking in front of the camera, we ask to show your gratitude to Guruji by performing an asana of your choice in front of the camera. It could be recorded:

    • Indoors or outdoors

    • Without audio or by speaking about the asana while getting into it

    • Next to an iconic, identifiable location of the city (for ex., the Eiffel Tower in Paris) depending on your place of residence or your location at the time of shooting; you could shoot it and perform an asana in connection with the monument

Additional info:
  • As an option, you may choose to shoot against a backdrop that represents where you are or where you come from. For example, if you are in Paris, perhaps you could film yourself in a balcony that overlooks the Eiffel Tower.

  • Please speak in the language you’re comfortable in – your thoughts will be best communicated in this manner

  • If you can edit your file and send it, that would be the best option. If not, please send us your entire file, we’ll edit it as required at our end.

Even though you can technically shoot for however long you want, we recommend capping off your recording time to less than 5 minutes since uploading a file too much larger than that, especially from a smartphone, will take very long​​

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