This is your opportunity…
to take part in a very unique film project:
I had the great pleasure and honor to meet Muneera Pilgrim to consider ways to collaborate and we decided to act on our ideas straight away!
Please watch this short introductory video and then download the Universal Prayer for Peace if you want to participate. The document you will download is a docx file if you have problems with the file, you can find it here as a pop-up page.
The original deadline of the 15th of August will now be a preliminary deadline so I can edit a trailer or first version of the film. There are still a few delayed contributions coming in, and I will start editing from the amazing footage I have received so far on the evening of the 18th of August. I may still be able to edit offerings into this trailer that arrive after that, but the sooner they arrive once the creative process has started the better.
The trailer will then become part of the general call-out and be shown during an online presentation on August 28th. Then it will go to 57 world-wide organizations working for Peace via “Coalitions for Peace” on September 5th.
The final deadline for contributions to the full version of the film will be October 31st!
I am so looking forward to the creation of the first version/trailer, and I am so grateful for every gift to this project.
Practical instructions to consider for your filming process:
Ask yourself how can we work with film in a way that we draw the viewer into an experience of oneness? Drop into your body, feel into the oneness of all there is, be ecstatic, real, soft, funny, fierce, fast or slow and most of all authentic! Sing the words, speak the words, be operatic or rap them! Be ballet, or breakdance… sit silently and speak or play an instrument alongside the spoken word, film yourself from unusual angles or turn the camera whilst filming… play! Enjoy!
Important! Please make sure there are at least 5 seconds of film before and after you speak, especially if there are other musical sounds involved in your clip, you may even want to start with an empty screen and then move into the picture and out of it again at the end (going back to empty screen). Movement at the beginning and end of an edit helps to create a smooth flow and it is ideal if you can give me lots of choices… i.e. edit from stillness or movement…
You can also send a sound clip or a video clip without sound, just expressing the spirit of the poem.
You can film in nature or indoors and you can get together with your friends or create something on your own. Keep it natural and simple, but make sure lighting is good.
Footage of nature for example with or without lines of the poem spoken is also welcome.
It is enough to work with one or two lines, but you are not limited to that. Please also feel free to add your own lines in the spirit of oneness, one line added so far for instance was “one song of life”.
Please film horizontally if you use a phone and small external microphones (with wind breakers) are really useful to get better sound!
Wow! I am adding this in response to the questions that have been coming in since I have begun to circulate this call-out, so many responses coming in already, it is ecstatic!
Yes! Involve your children,friends, groups!
Also feel free to send a video statement on why you are participating as we may make a documentary alongside the actual video.
Also in terms of image quality sometimes wobbly images and odd bits of film can turn into treasure, so don’t just send the neat and tidy bits of footage. I will be playing with overlays and mirroring and amazing visuals can occur in unexpected ways.
It is however important that the sound quality is the best you can make it and the words are well spoken (sung) and can be well heard as images can be played with, but sound quality can only be improved to a limited degree.
And on a technical note here is a list of video and sound formats I can edit with, and please send me the highest resolution possible.
Also the suggestion came in to link up the project with World Peace Day on September 21st and it would be amazing if the film would be ready for that! Is anyone interested in collaborating in organizing an event in Bristol to either launch the film or celebrate Peace together in multiple other ways? Get in touch if yes!
If you haven’t got a lot of time feel free to just add something really simple, short and sweet, because it is the power of the many of us that will make the difference! Also I will do my best to literally include elements of every bit of footage that comes in, but please understand that I can not give a guarantee for that. Thanks so much.
When you are ready:
email the following information with your footage via (give the clip your name so it is easy to refer back to it’s source) and then send the clip(s) via
https://wetransfer.com to firstname.lastname@example.org:
Please add your full name (for the credits) and contact details (in case we have any creative questions) in the message and tell us your reasons for participating.
We also need your explicit permission for your footage to be used for the film “A Universal Prayer for Peace” free of charge. We reserve copyright just for the finished and edited version of the film, not the footage you send us. By sending us footage you will give Eva Millauer and Muneera Pilgrims permission to distribute the finished film online, send it to film festivals and create other opportunities where it can be viewed. Should this film win a prize or similar in the future, any possible proceeds will be put towards new creative work in the spirit of one humanity as one heart.
Thanks so much for your participation.
We are looking forward to receiving your contribution.
If you have any other questions or suggestions or are interested to attend a film meet up in Bristol or Stroud please contact us, we will then send you details.