GradFlix brings grad research to the little screen!
Are you ready for a new challenge that will help you build your communications skills, use your creativity, AND tell the world about your research?
Join McMaster’s inaugural GradFlix – a video competition where graduate students have one minute to share their research story for a chance to win prizes and be featured in McMaster’s GradFlix showcase.
What is GradFlix?
You create a video, moving slide show, or animation of no longer than 60 seconds (1 minute) in length that describes your research. Your video must include:
- movement (movement (slide transitions, zoom, or a subject moving in a video)
- sound (voice over, sound and/or music)
Make sure to review all the rules before you make your video. This is a great chance to be creative!
Who can take part in GradFlix?
If you are a McMaster grad student who is registered in a master’s (thesis or MRP) or PhD program at the time of the competition, or if you’ve defended but not yet convoked, you can participate in GradFlix!
What should my video focus on?
Your video must focus on research you have conducted for a thesis, MRP or dissertation in your current McMaster University graduate program.
How are videos judged?
An adjudication panel will judge based on a criteria breakdown:
- 50% is based on how you communicate your research
- 30% is based on your creative and visual impact
- 20% is based on the technical quality.
For more detailed information about each of these, you should review the Judging Criteria.
I’ve never made a video before. Where do I begin?
Well, the good news is the world of video making is far more accessible than you may think! Most of us have tools of the trade readily available or can access tools online:
- smart phone, tablet, laptop
- animation software/platforms
- creative software available for use remotely via Lyons New Media Centre – check out our Information and Technical Training Session to learn more.
- your amazing research
- your creative vision
Where can I find resources to help me create by video?
McMaster has a wonderful resource through the Library – the Lyons New Media Centre. Although the Library is closed, you can still access Lyons resources virtually.
As well, virtual workshops will be happening, starting on February 11. Visit the GradFlix page and check out the calendar items on the right hand side – or scroll to the bottom if you are using a mobile device.
As well, we have curated a LinkedIn Learning list that you can access. Modules feature tips and tricks to help you create a polished video. LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda.com) is free to all McMaster students – you don’t need a LinkedIn Learning profile to access. For more information about accessing LinkedIn Learning, visit UTS.
What does a GradFlix look like?
You will find direct links to past GradFlix finalists from the University of Waterloo, as well as examples from the SSHRC Storytellers video competition, on our Gradflix competition page.
Do I need to make a video before I register?
No, you don’t need a completed video when you register. But if you want to join the fun, you must register no later than March 3 at 9 a.m. Your video must be uploaded no later than 9 a.m. on March 15.
Sounds like it could be fun, but I’d like to know more!
Come to our GradFlix Information and Technical Session on February 11.
- We will answer your questions about the competition.
- Digital media specialist Elaine Westenhoefer from Lyons New Media will present and answer questions. As well, she will talk about the supports available to help you create your GradFlix.
- John Bandler, professor emeritus and presentation coach, will be on hand to discuss his upcoming presentation workshop and the importance of scripting.