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Sunday, April 16, 2006 

Affected by HIV? Show us your story...

The HIV epidemic began 25 years ago. Your generation grew up in its shadow. MTV invites you to submit your short videos about HIV and its impact on your life for a special ½ hour show this summer.

Whether you are positive or are the son or daughter, parent, teacher, student, partner, lover or friend of someone who is—we want to see what you see, hear what you have to say, and know what it means to be young and be affected by HIV. Show us your story. Use your voice.


MTV is developing a show in partnership with the Kaiser Family Foundation to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the first HIV diagnosis-and the first generation to have come of age along with it. The half-hour show will be shaped by viewer-generated content (that's you!).

So we want you to show us how HIV and AIDS is affecting your lives in America today. So whether you are HIV-positive or you are the son or daughter or friend or partner or parent or doctor or patient or student or teacher of someone who is-we invite you to submit your stories, told in your words, filmed by you, to MTV for inclusion in this show.

What should I send?
There are many ways to shoot a video these days, whether it's on film, hi8, digital camcorder, webcam, digital camera, or even a cell phone. Most of these formats can be streamed online, but if you want to get your video on TV, you should get a hold of a Digital Video (DV) camera.

What's DV?
Most cameras on the market these days use Digital Video (DV). It's just a way that the video is digitally recorded onto small miniDV tapes. You can get these cameras at any consumer electronic store while the tapes can be found at any camera store or even at the pharmacy. (Unfortunately, we cannot pay for the camera or other equipment you decide to purchase for this project)

How do I do it?
First you shoot your scenes on DV, then transfer them from the tapes onto your computer. Use the edit system you have on your computer (like iMovie, Windows Movie Maker, Final Cut, or AVID Express) to cut down the footage into a sequence of the best stuff. Then output that sequence back onto a DV tape and send it to us! Where do I start?Reading the rest of this guide will help you figure out where to begin. If you still need some help, you can get in touch with us and we'll try to answer your questions.


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