Frequently Asked Questions


About your character


Who should I film?
Men, women, children — it is up to you, but remember to focus your portrait on one individual. This is an opportunity for you to improve your filmmaking skills while also getting to know your community better!

What if my character makes more than $1 a day?
That’s fine, “One Dollar” is merely a reference point. We want you to tell the story of individuals who rarely get a voice in mainstream media and whose daily struggle compels us to think about the relationship between money and work in a new and interesting way.

What if we don’t use dollars in my country?
See answer above.


General Questions


Who owns my content?
You keep ownership and rights. We will only ask you to submit your video on Vimeo using a Creative Commons license. If you want to apply a Creative Commons license to your videos, simply go to your video page and click the ‘Settings’ button that appears under your video. Click the tab labeled ‘Videos’ and under ‘Which Creative Commons license for your videos?’ select the type of Creative Commons license you want to apply to your video.

What will happen to the Project after 2014?
Once we have collected the “One Dollar” portraits, they will be accessible through an interactive map on our website so that the entire world can watch them. Your stories, voices and ideas will be preserved, shared and discussed. We will use the portraits to engage students, teachers, politicians, economists and activists to collectively discuss the social issues raised in these portraits.

If I work in a group, how many people can I work with?
It’s up to you! There’s no “official” number. The important thing is that everyone on your team is engaged, motivated and dedicated to the project. We suggest a director, a cameraman and a sound technician. Smaller groups are usually more effective than larger ones.


Equipment and funding


What are your filming expectations?
Watch our pilot-portrait to understand what we expect in terms of formating and storytelling. While image and audio quality are important, we are aware that professional equipment is costly. A compelling story that is well edited is by far the most important part.

What kind of equipment do I need?
While more sophisticated cameras will give better quality video, do not feel limited by this! You do not need the latest camera to create a compelling portrait. It’s how you tell the story that matters.

What kind of editing software should I use?
Any. While Final Cut Pro is encouraged, if you feel you can effectively use iMove or Microsoft Movie Makers to create a portrait, we gladly welcome your submission.

What if I don’t have access to these materials, but I still want to participate?
Do some research! Check the One Dollar map to see if there’s a partner organization near you. If not, find out if there is a local audiovisual organization or school that can supply you with the necessary equipment to create a portrait. If this research is unsuccessful, contact us and we will help.

What if I need funding?
At the moment, we cannot give funding to individual groups. However, instead of buying camera equipment or editing software, try and contact local organizations to see if they can help you out.


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