Contest to see who can make best video promoting mass transit

Metro is among several local transit agencies sponsoring a contest to see who can produce the best short video promoting mass transit. The grand prize is a one-year EZ transit pass.

Please spread the word. This is a good chance for aspiring videographers, filmmakers and actors to add something worthwhile to their portfolios. And if you need some ideas, check out these videos produced for a recent “Dump the Pump” contest by the American Public Transportation Assn. The above video was the winner.

Here’s the press release and here’s a link to learn more about the contest.

CONTEST INVITES TRANSIT RIDERS TO CREATE SHORT VIDEOS ON WHY THEY LOVE TRANSIT

Do you love public transit? Do you have a video camera? Metro and other Los Angeles  County transit operators invite you to exercise your creativity and show the world what you like best about riding buses and trains in L.A. County. You might win a free EZ transit pass for one year.

To enter the Transit Flicks Video Contest, simply create a video of up to two minutes in duration that explains how transit helps you and encourages others to try it. Judges will select finalists, which will be posted on the web in mid August. The public will then be asked to select the winners by voting for their favorite video.  
The grand prize winner will receive a free EZ transit pass for one year. First runner up will receive a six-month EZ pass. A three-month pass will go to the second runner up. And five honorable mention winners each will earn a free one-month pass.

Entries will be judged on originality, believability and how well they convince others to try transit. Winning videos will appear on all participating agencies’ websites and shown on Transit TV. Winners will be announced in early September.

The Transit Flicks Video Contest is sponsored by Metro, Foothill Transit, Big Blue Bus, Metrolink, Culver City Transit, Gardena Municipal Bus Lines, Long Beach Transit, LADOT (Commuter Express, DASH), Montebello Bus Lines, Norwalk Transit, Santa Clarita Transit and Torrance Transit. Employees, their immediate family members and employees of contractors of those organizations or any other L.A. County transit agency are ineligible. For complete contest rules, go to metro.net/transitflicks.

Remember, if you’re filming on a bus, train, at a station or transit center, please use hand-held cameras only — no tripods — and be courteous to other riders.

And hurry. The entry deadline is July 15.