Blog Assignments and Archive Requests Positive Human Interest Video Stories about COVID-19

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Dear Friends,

In partnership with a US production company, we are looking for 1-2 minute human interest video stories with a positive underlying message related to COVID-19.

We have opportunities for 3 types of content: We can commission original video stories. We can license stories that you already have in production or post-production. Or, depending upon your licensing arrangements, we can also purchase previously broadcast stories. These videos will be used during a 12-hour “Telefest” on April 22nd, 2020 - Earth Day.

Original Stories

If you would like to be considered for an original story commission, send us a quick pitch, including your access and the current permitting requirements for shooting in your area (if any) and your equipment. Please provide links to relevant/equivalent ed/doc videos you’ve shot recently. We are only looking for production support. We will edit the final video in-house.

Ideally, we are looking for a single character or a small group (doctors, first responders, “regular” people making a difference in their communities, etc.) with a positive/constructive angle on the current situation.

Also, are you capable of shooting any drone footage in your area?

Provide us your day-rate for a team of 2-3 (DP/Producer, Sound + Drone). Let us know your production needs but for budget purposes, we can’t exceed a 2-3 person team.

Pitch Date: Friday, April 3.
If you are interested in submitting an original story idea, all pitches need to be in by 6 PM EST/12 PM GMT Tuesday, April 7.

Production Dates: Wednesday, April 15th.
Production will need to be completed by Wednesday, April 15th, at the latest. We would like to begin production the week of April 6th.


“In-Production” or Published Stories

If you have a story “in-production” that is near completion or stories that you have published in the past few weeks related to COVID-19, please let us know. We are capable of re-licensing previously published work. We will require access to the original clips so that we may re-edit if necessary. We can discuss further details if your work is short-listed.

Pitch and Production Dates: Friday, April 3 & Wednesday, April 15th
All “in-production” and previously published stories must be submitted by Friday,
and we need production to wrap by Wednesday, April 15th at the latest.

Send us a link to your previously published work and the licensing details, especially whether or not you retain copyright to your material. (If selected, we would be re-licensing the material from you but you would retain full copyright.)

If you are currently in production and are near completion on a project, please provide us a quick pitch and links to some of your footage - regardless of where you are in the editing process.

Licensing fee or day-rate fee for completion of your project. Let’s discuss this.

Email us directly with your story ideas, pitches, projects and any questions you might have.

Thank you and stay safe!

The Transterra Media Team

©Celia Mendez