General Technology Guidelines

New for 2013 International Convention

For the first time, the Torch Award committee is requesting a short video  be submitted with your torch submission. Then the winning program may be presented and shown at the Convention awards ceremony and also included on the Torch Web site.  Since many clubs do not have the technology to properly create a video, we are requesting clubs at least submit video snippets and/or pictures as follows and FJMC will edit and create that video.

An advisor is available to answer video questions and give advice at TorchVideoAdvisor@fjmc.org.

Keep video, PowerPoint and pictures to less than 2 minutes.

Video Snippets

Create 10-20 second segment clips on each of the following topics. Show action or movement in the video.

  • Video driving up to the Shul, Shul interior with focus on sanctuary.  Include the  Synagogue name , City, State and Club Name
  • Video at active club meeting
  • Scenes of young members participating
  • Scenes from the program 

If possible, with quiet background and proper lighting, include the following in a clear, loud and enthusiastic voice.  First state the Club name and city and state or province.  Second, the title of the program.  Third, select and answer two or three of the following:

  • Short introduction of the program
  • Share impact, participation and goal of the program
  • What the program means to your synagogue
  • What the program means to your community
  • How does the program benefit your club
  • What roles do young leaders take in the program

General guidelines for shooting video

  • Keep the person in frame from torso to 2 inch above their head.
  • Use the best quality video your camera provides
  • Find a quiet place that does not have an echo
  • Movement, action and passion is preferable or use a tripod or table to keep the camera steady
  • Turn on all lights (point a lamp at the subject or subjects  if possible)
  • Presenter should speak clearly and  not to fast
  • Replay to confirm audio sound level is acceptable
  • Use high quality Android phone  MP3 or digital video camera MP3 or MPEG4
  • When filming hold the phone camera sideways always have landscape view  -not portrait.
  • Do not use Apple iPhone as they are not Flash compatible
  • Recommend the FJMC logo be used in your video. The LOGO cab be found on FJMC website under the heading Publications or by clicking here.

Create 10-20 second segment clips on each of the following topics. Show action or movement in the video.

  • Video driving up to the Shul include  Synagogue name , City, State and  Club  Name & Number
  • Video at active club meeting
  • Scenes of young members participating
  • Scenes from the program

Voices with quiet background proper lighting, pick two or three of the following starting with FJMC category and title of program and is it a new program, altered, adapted or enhanced existing program.

  • Short introduction of your program
  • Share Impact, participation, goal of program
  • What program meant to your synagogue
  • What program meant to your community
  • How did it benefit your club
  • How did you get young people involved

General guidelines for taking pictures

  • Use the lowest quality your camera provides
  • Pictures should not be more than 2mb
  • If pictures were taken at higher spec convert to lower spec
  • Use a flash
  • Picture should tell something which the text description can't.
  • Remember, the judge doesn't know who the people in the photos are. 
  • Don't just put photo in your submission because you took them.