Student Media Festival Guidelines
A podcast is a digital audio program that can be played on a computer or digital player.
Live Action (includes Video Podcasts)
Full motion productions such as dramas, comedies, documentaries, commercials, news shows, talk shows, interviews, instructional presentations, etc. These productions generally will have on-screen talent in the form of actors, instructors, hosts, and/or narrators. A computer may be used for title, credits and overlays, and may be used in the editing process. Such projects are still “Live Action.”
An Animation includes drawn images, clay models, and/or real-life models that are animated to create the illusion of movement. If a piece integrates live action and animation, it falls under the animation productions type. Famous examples of integrated animation are the 1988 who Framed Roger Rabbit or 1996 Space Jam.
“Sequential Stills” is defined as a series of still images from slides, photographs, still video or digital images rendered into a production using photographic, electronic or computer technology, including Quicktime, PowerPoint, or similar computer programs. Text, music, video clips and/or narration may be added. The order that the stills are viewed in is fixed by the producer. *COMPLIANCE WITH SOFTWARE GUIDELINES IS EXPECTED.
- Sequential Stills Regular - A series of still images from slides, photographs, still video or digital images rendered into a production using photographic, electronic or computer technology, including Quicktime, PowerPoint, or similar computer programs.
- Sequential Stills Class Project (K-5 Only) - This is a special form of Sequential Stills-Regular (see description above) where a teacher provides more guidance to the student(s). For example, entries are classified as Sequential Stills Class Projects when a teacher structures a template and the students produce the content. This production type is intended for younger students just learning how to create media projects.
An Interactive Stills production includes images that are viewed in an order chosen by the viewer. Interactive Stills use navigation buttons and/or menus to enable the viewer to select a path. Text, music, video clips and narration may be incorporated into an Interactive Stills production.
All URL addresses must be available for download from the Internet. To assure access to submitted material, please include all login/password information in a Word document, uploaded on the registration form.
Purpose of Production
The purpose of an instructional piece is to teach. Excellent entries in this category go beyond simply presenting facts. Examples include: tutorials, teaching tools, and interactive games with assessment.
The purpose of an informational piece is to present a factual view of a topic or issue, without the bias of persuasion or opinions. Informational pieces may briefly cover multiple topics or choose to focus on one or two. Examples include: news programs, biographies, community calendars, and personal websites.
The purpose of a documentary is to convey an actual event or topic beyond the scope of a typical news story. It should reflect serious research and present facts objectively without fictional matter.
Persuasive/Public Service Announcements (PSAs)
The purpose of a persuasive piece is to present an idea, product, concept, organization or individual in a credible way, so as to change public opinion and/or encourage audience approval, support or participation. Examples include: Advertising, Public Service Announcements, and Movie Trailers. PSAs are 30 to 60 second messages designed to change public opinion, actions, or feelings.
The purpose of a story piece is to tell a story, whether serious or lighthearted, fictional or non-fictional. Examples include: comedies, dramas, and student/family experiences.
The purpose of a piece in this category is to entertain and/or amuse the audience in a format other than telling a story. Examples include: music videos, variety shows, interactive games, and game shows.