The Moment I Knew: Frequently Asked Questions

Who is making this film, and where will it be shown?

THE MOMENT I KNEW is a short documentary by Julia Morgan (director/producer) and Karen Hawes (producer/executive producer), both filmmakers based in Toronto, Canada. The film will be broadcast worldwide on the internet when it is released.

How long will the film be?

We estimate it will be between 8 and 15 minutes.

How are you finding young people for this film?

We are starting with a global casting call! We are inviting young people around the world to fill out an online form to tell us a little bit about themselves and express their interest in being in this film. 

What do I need to do to apply to the casting call?

You’ll need to fill out our online form and submit it – it shouldn’t take long. On the form you’ll need to:

  1. Answer a few questions to tell us about yourself and your emotions about the climate crisis.
  2. Submit a short video where you tell us your “moment I knew” story.
  3. Digitally agree to our talent release (and have your parent/guardian do so also, if you are under 18).

What is the deadline for the casting call?

The deadline is November 30, 2020, but we encourage you to submit as soon as you can!

What are the most important things to keep in mind when filming my “moment I knew” video?

Review our casting call video for some important video tips. Remember to film horizontally, not vertically! And here are a few more guidelines:

𝗦𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗱 – 𝘄𝗲 𝘄𝗮𝗻𝘁 𝘁𝗼 𝗵𝗲𝗮𝗿 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘆!

  • Be close to the mic
  • Turn off any fans or A/C near you, and close any doors in the room you are using to film
  • Ask people around you to be quiet
  • If outside – film in a quiet area away from traffic and anything else noisy

𝗟𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗯𝗼𝗱𝘆 𝗽𝗼𝘀𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 – 𝘄𝗲 𝘄𝗮𝗻𝘁 𝘁𝗼 𝘀𝗲𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝘁𝗼𝗼!

  • Position yourself where we can see your face, head and the top of your body (to just above your waist) in the shot
  • Make sure the camera isn’t pointing into a bright light or the sun

𝗠𝗼𝘀𝘁 𝗶𝗺𝗽𝗼𝗿𝘁𝗮𝗻𝘁 – 𝗿𝗲𝗹𝗮𝘅 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗕𝗘 𝗬𝗢𝗨𝗥𝗦𝗘𝗟𝗙!

  • Don’t rehearse beforehand. We want your natural response.
  • Start with “The moment I knew was when…”
  • Let your “moment I knew” story flow – we don’t mind how long it takes you to tell your story.
  • 𝗟𝗲𝘁 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗲𝗺𝗼𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 𝗳𝗹𝗼𝘄, if you are comfortable doing so – this is a deep topic, and we want the world to know what young people like you are feeling about the climate crisis.
  • Don’t edit your video after or add music – please send it as is.

What kind of equipment can I use to film my video?

Whatever you have is fine!

  • smartphones (good video quality but make sure you’re close to the mic)
  • web camera on your computer with a recording app
  • tablet
  • or an actual video camera if you have one – again make sure you’re close to the mic!
  • If you have a separate good quality audio recorder and/or mic, you can also use those to record your voice separately and send along with your video files.

What do I do if I don’t have equipment to film on, or good internet access to upload my video?

If you have don’t have access to a smart phone or other equipment you can record a video on, then you could try to reach out to someone who might be able to help, such as:

  • a friend
  • a library
  • a community centre
  • an environmental organization, or another NGO.

If you are having a hard time uploading your video on your internet at home, you could also seek help from one of the above, or try a local internet café.

If you are really stuck, and don’t think you can submit a casting call film video but would still like to apply, please email us at, and we will see what we can do to help.

Do I need a Google account to submit to the casting call?

Yes. This is so that we can verify you are using a valid email address. If you do not have a Google account/gmail address, you can sign up for a free account on the login screen.

Will everyone who submits to the casting call be in the film?

Unfortunately no. But your story is important and we want to hear it. Our goal is to include the widest variety of stories and perspectives from around the world – we can only do that thanks to you and everyone else submitting. Your contribution is tremendous help to this project whether you appear in the final film or not.

We will let you know either way. Please be patient as it takes a lot of time to edit a film!

If I am selected for the film, how will I be identified in it?

Besides using video of you, we will identify you by your first name, age (as of date of submission) and country. If you would like to be part of the film, but you would like to request that these details are not used in the film because of a specific reason, please email us at

If I am selected for the film, how will I hear from you, and then what happens next?

You will hear from us by email if you have been selected, so please make sure the email you provide for yourself is checked frequently. In some cases, you may not need to do anything else – we may use just the video you’ve already sent. For others, we may work with you to do some additional filming. 

Do I have to be a climate activist to participate in this project?

Not at all. Any young person is welcome and encouraged to participate! The main criteria is that you have to have had a “moment I knew” – a moment where the reality of the climate crisis hit you on a deep, emotional level. Your response and feelings about it today can be anything…. hopeful, sad, cynical or defeated, frustrated… whatever emotions you have are ok, and we aim to show a range of what young people are currently going through.

What age do you need to be to participate?

You can be up to about 25 years to participate. We do not have a lower age limit, but the key is that you have to have a real understanding of what the climate crisis is and how it will affect the rest of your life, and to have had a moment where you really understood this on a deep and emotional level. This will happen at different ages for everybody.

Can I speak in a language other than English in my casting call video?

Yes! If you are not comfortable speaking in English in your video, please feel free to use the language of your choice. If you are able to listen to your answers and type out a transcript for what you said in the language you used, and submit that along with your video footage, that would be very helpful (but it’s not mandatory). 

Can I have someone help me with filming and/or submitting my form for the casting call?

Absolutely, if you want to. You can have someone in your family help you, a friend, or a local NGO (like an environmental organization).

Why do you need a release form?

We need a release form for our insurance, which is required for us to publish the film online and share it with the world. Without your release form, we cannot use your submission.

How else can I help with this project?

Encourage your friends to submit! Spread the word about our casting call in your part of the world – and to other young people you know in other parts of the world too. This is extremely helpful.

Also, if you know someone who would like to participate in our casting call but who might need help in some way (for example, access to a phone or the internet, help with filming), reach out and offer your assistance.

Finally, when the film is out, we hope you will help by sharing it far and wide.

How can I see the film or learn about your progress?

You can like our Facebook page or follow @EvokeDocs on Twitter or Instagram. If you submit to this film, we will let you know by email when the film is released. You can also join our mailing list for the film here.