World Links is an innovative, award-winning, and independent not-for-profit enterprise, spun off from the World Bank, which leverages the unique potential of technology to bring opportunity and hope to disadvantaged youth around the world. A recognized leader in preparing students in developing countries and their teachers with 21st Century skills, World Links uses information and communications technology (ICT) and new approaches to learning to build skills and expand horizons. World Links training, combined with access to computers and the internet, results in the skills, knowledge, attitude change, and insight necessary for youth to participate and compete in global and local economies, while playing an important role in helping to eradicate poverty.
Each year Two Parrot hand-picks approximately 5 non-profit organizations as recipients for our video production matching grant. Since 2005, we have produced over 30 micro-documentaries through this program.
While Two Parrot makes a significant donation of time and resources, our grantees "match" the donation by paying for the post-production process. It has been our experience that this arrangement ensures the most effective and professional use of the product being donated.
To learn more, please request the Two Parrot Grant Package, which includes: Brochure outlining Two Parrot's non-profit partnerships Testimonials from past recipients Grant application Sample Contract
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What does Two Parrot donate?
A. Two Parrot donates all the video production, pre-production, and photography at a single location anywhere in the world. This includes consulting, planning, international airfare for the production team, camera equipment, visas, vaccinations, onside labor, and production experience. In addition to donating all the video production, Two Parrot also shoots still photographs on location.
Q. How do we apply?
A. Download the two-page grant application http://twoparrot.com/grants/. In addition, you can download a copy of the service agreement, which has evolved after review and approval from twenty different non-profit legal departments. There are usually few or no changes needed from your end, but we will try to make changes where desired.
Q. What is required from the non-profit?
The recipient provides the travel agenda, general storyboard outline, interview questions, list of interview subjects, and any other multi-media you want included. You advise us on how you plan on using the final documentary film (fund raising, Internet). You also must provide food, lodging and transportation for our crew while in the country of the taping. Anticipate that there will be two hotel rooms for up to five nights. The non-profit must also commit to absorbing the costs of the post-production.
Q. What is required as far as the non-profit costs for post-production, and what does this include?
A. The non-profit is responsible for the costs related to the editing of the footage. This includes choosing music & photographs, but mostly the time and effort by Two Parrot staff, working hand-in-hand with the representative of the non-profit as the hours of tapes are edited down to the final presentation. The costs related to post-production typically range from $5,000 to $17,000 based on location and project scope. The majority of this cost is not incurred until the final film is and delivered and approved.
Q. What's the final product?
A. It's a micro-documentary (6-10 minutes long). Depending on your needs, we deliver the final clips in a variety of formats. We also edit a shorter trailer (90-120 seconds) for use on your website or with media.
Q. Can we use the footage you shoot in the future?
A. Although Two Parrot retains the rights to the video footage, you can use it for future projects. On future editing projects that draw from the footage we captured, we request that you give us the first opportunity to bid on the project.
Q. What person on our end will work with you?
A. In the past we have worked closely with the communications director or executive director.
Q. How long does it take to produce the film?
A. Generally we like to plan at least two months ahead to secure frequent flyer tickets for our staff. That period is used to create the script and line up the chief actors at the destination country. Once we complete filming (which generally takes 3-4 days on location) we aim to have the video completed within eight weeks. The involvement of the non-profit in the post-production process is paramount to approve the three editing stages. This is all done over the Internet.