It’s actually quite easy to enter the Mississippi Minute

It’s not difficult at all to create and enter a film in the fourth annual Mississippi Minute Film Festival. You can take your smartphone, your GoPro, your digital SLR or your video camera and shoot a 60-second video in just 60 seconds, if you like.

But to create a film that could win an award might take a little more thought, and Pat Coleman chatted with Roshini Rajkumar on WCCO radio last night about the film festival and some tips for creating a quality film:

Some key takeaways:

  • It’s so important to tell a story, to help people connect to the Mississippi River. You could have awesome imagery and production values, but the judges will almost certainly respond to your storyline, so plan it out in advance.
  • There are several options for editing your film, such as iMovie on Macs and iOS. Windows comes bundled with a basic video editor, or you can try Adobe Premiere Pro if you have access to the Adobe Creative Suite. (The trailer on our website was created with Premiere.)
  • The Stone Arch Bridge and St. Anthony Falls are definitely picturesque parts of the river and could easily be the star of anyone’s film, but there are other ways to get to the river as well. Tell a compelling story at North Mississippi Regional Park, for example, where you can get right down on the river. For example, incorporate kayaking down the river as part of your story, as part of the Mississippi River Paddle Share program.

Full rules and deadlines are listed on our website as well.

Pat’s appearance is about 20 minutes into the hour, and you can listen to the full hour on WCCO’s website or listen to the excerpt below:

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