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Thinking of entering your Community for the Small Town Saturday Night contest? A few tips to get you started....

Get your entries in for the Small Town Saturday Night contest!

Alberta is “buzzing” with excitement about Travel Alberta and the Big Valley Jamboree’s 2012 Small Town Saturday Night Contest. Not only is it a great opportunity for you to showcase your community, but you could also win the country music event of a lifetime in your small town.

And to help you get the creative juices flowing, Travel Alberta has put together their Top 10 Tips for putting together your community’s best entry:

1. Before you get started on your video, download an entry form and the read through the full contest rules and regulations at www.bigvalleyjamboree.com/stsn

2. Come up with a simple but compelling story about what makes your community a great place to visit. 2 minutes isn’t a lot of time, so be sure to make the most of it by keeping your story simple.

3. Whenever you can, show, don’t tell. Showcase the features that make your town special, but avoid just showing us landscapes or buildings. You want to make your town seem full of life and vibrant, interesting characters – so make them a part of your video.

4. Don’t get too complicated – sometimes the simplest concepts are the most powerful. Here are a few inspired web videos that we love. Think about how you could utilize a similar gimmick or hook to tell your town’s story. Search YouTube for “best video entries for contests” or “best commercials” to find even more inspiration:
http://youtu.be/ZPjjZCO67WI 
http://youtu.be/DKWdSCt4jGE 
http://youtu.be/d9NF2edxy-M 
http://youtu.be/gjXHRUlKe_M

5. You don’t need an expensive video camera to participate – many digital cameras and cell phones have the ability to shoot and record video.

6. Get a local celebrity to participate – this could be your Mayor, MLA, or anyone who raises the profile of your video and can help drum up support for it in the voting round.

7. Be aware of the lighting so that the video is not too dark or too bright.

8. Use your skills. Do you play the accordion? Sing in a barbershop quartet? Know someone who loves doing animation? Find out what hidden talents your friends and neighbours have and come up with a creative way to put those to use telling your story.

9. Get your sound, lighting and image just right. Make sure your video’s not too dark, not too soft, and not too wobbly.

Remember, the deadline to enter is March 2, 2012. Good luck!

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