Notes of Hope:
Voices From the Paused World
Every day, you risk your life and face your fears as you guide us through this global pandemic. Where do you find the courage? What keeps you going? How has this crisis affected you and your loved ones?
We want to hear your story.
We’re asking you—doctors, nurses, paramedics, midwives, lab workers, clerks, pharmacists, flight attendants, police officers, and others like you all over the worl —to make a video that shows us what your life is like right now. We’re also asking the rest of you to help record those stories and to share your own. There are so many truths, and we want to show them all.
What will we do with the videos?
We’ll turn them into a single unscripted documentary, directed by you. There is only one goal: to make your voices heard. Our project is called Notes of Hope. It’s a collaboration that comes from the heart. We are all in this together—as people, spouses, parents, community. As humankind.
It’s for everyone. Everywhere.
So, what do you say? Are you in?
For updates, please follow us: #NotesOfHope.
Stay safe, friends.
Submit a Video
Questions to Think About
We encourage you to tell your story in your own words. These questions might be helpful as you prepare:
- What inspired you to work in your profession?
- Tell us about your day: your routine, your interactions, how you feel when you start your day and when you end it.
- What’s the most challenging part of your day, and what’s the most rewarding, in both your work life and private life?
- Do you spend time with your family and friends? What do you do together?
- What do you do for fun?
- If you could tell people all over the world one message, what would that message be?
- We believe that even in the darkest times, there is hope. Where have you been finding hope?
- What acts of hope and kindness have you witnessed?
Thank you for adding your voice to the Notes of Hope. Your story matters.
Tips for Making Your Video
- We need to see your face. Please make sure you’re facing the camera and that we can hear you.
- It’s okay to address the camera while you do other things, but please make sure you do it in a safe environment.
- Your video can be as short as you want but should not be longer than 5 minutes.
- You can submit as many videos as you want.
- You can shoot in vertical or horizontal format—whichever way is most convenient for you.
Friends and Family
If you have a family member or friend who works in the front line, we want to hear from you as well. How do you cope with having your close ones on the frontlines? How has their reality influenced yours?
If you are a filmmaker, DP, or director with footage that you feel is relevant to our story, please share! We’re looking for images representing our new normal: empty streets (no matter what city, big or small), locked storefronts and parks, etc.
Upload your video. (Format: mp4, .mov, avi, flv, h264, m4v, mkv, mpg, wmv.)
Note: We will be accepting videos through June.
Notes of Hope was created by filmmaker Magdalena Czmuda. She was in L.A. when the health crisis began, and as she prepared to shelter in place, she wanted to find a way to bring visibility to the people on the frontlines of the pandemic. Rallying her creative colleagues in the States and overseas, she launched Notes of Hope to unite people in a common cause, to pay tribute to those who are fighting to protect us all, and to bring some light to a dark time.
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