The car accident lawyers at Schultz & Myers are excited to announce the Schultz & Myers Drive Safe St. Louis Video Scholarship! To enter, submit a one-minute video on or before May 1st, 2015 that encourages young adults to drive safely!
We will contact the winners on May 15th!
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Applicant must meet the following criteria:
- Must be a high school senior from St. Louis County or its surrounding areas (St. Charles, Jefferson County, Warren County, Lincoln County, and Franklin County)
- Must have plans to attend an accredited college, university, or technical school in the fall of 2015
- Must submit video and application email by May 1st, 2015.
**One entry per applicant. One applicant per video. You can have as many people involved in the film as you like, just know that the director of the video is the only scholarship applicant. You are allowed to submit a video entry even if you appear as an actor in someone else’s video.
To enter, submit a video (LESS than 1 minute long) that encourages young adults to drive safely! The topic is open to interpretation, so we expect you to get creative.
Here are some ideas of what we’re looking for:
- A short documentary about how drunk driving has impacted your life
- An advertisement for the next great no-texting-while-driving device
- A how-to video teaching others about proper vehicle maintenance
- A fictional film that encourages motorcyclists to wear helmets
**You aren’t limited to just these topics! Feel free to pick any idea so long as it relates to safe driving practices.
Making Your Video
Music is a really great way to get an emotion across in your video. Unfortunately, you can’t use any pre-recorded or copyrighted music in your video (regardless of how short it is). However, there are lots of places online that let you download royalty-free music for free! http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/ is a good place to start your search.
Cover up any brand names and logos (unless it’s a Schultz & Myers logo) that appear on camera. T-shirts, props, background items, the logo in the center of your steering wheel, etc.
We love promoting safe driving, and may use your video on our social media sites. As such, you will need to make sure your actors, or interviewees are fully aware that we may use their likeness in advertising. Anyone appearing in the video (including yourself) must fill out an actor-release form that you can download here.
Remember, we are promoting SAFETY! We don’t want you to get injured while you’re promoting safe driving. Just be careful:
- If filming an unsafe driving practice, the car must NOT be in motion (ie. If a scene requires a driver of the vehicle to send or check a text). Video editors are decent these days. Edit motion in later.
- Distracted driving is dangerous. Don’t film in a way that will distract the driver.
- Don’t use any shots that require a cameraman to stand in front of an oncoming car.
- Just don’t do anything that will put yourself, your actors, or bystanders in harm’s way.
Steps for Submission
- Upload your completed video to YouTube.
- Fill out scholarship registration form to be added as a user.
- Once logged in, submit your video at www.schultzmyers.com/scholarship
- Send an email to email@example.com, with the subject, “Scholarship: [your last name].” Attach all of your signed Actor Release Forms to the email (including your own).
- You will receive an email back from us in the next few days (check your junk mail) notifying you that your video has been approved.
- Share your video on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag, #DriveSafeSTL so your friends and family can vote!
There are two ways to win:
The applicant whose video got the most votes will automatically win a $500 scholarship. Voting takes place between Jan. 20 and May 8, 2015. Voters may cast their vote only once!
In addition to the Most-Votes winner, a panel of judges from Schultz & Myers will select FOUR more winners based on the quality and message of their production.
Judging panel criteria is based upon:
- Message of the video: (does it convey a message or concept that we, as a car accident law firm, can stand behind)
- How effectively the video motivates others to drive safely
- Overall quality and creativity
**We will notify all 5 winners via email. The winners must reply within two weeks of notification for further instruction, or else the prize will be forfeited. (A winner cannot win both the “most-votes” prize, and a “Best Message” prize. There will be 5 individual winners)
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