On Screen

This category includes any sort of production designed to be displayed to a large group. Create a PowerPoint, videotape, animation, or any combination of media. For example, you may create a PowerPoint that includes video clips or a videotape with animation sequences. You may use a computer, computer programs, or video camera, as long as the finished product may be displayed on screen. Entries must have sound. While sound effects are adequate, students are encouraged to add other audio that would enhance the program. Programs must also have graphics at the beginning and end of the show. Programs may be any length but only the first ten minutes will be judged.
*PLEASE NOTE: If your production includes hyperlinks which take the viewer to the Internet, it should be entered in the ONLINE category

Procedures

All entries, from conception to final product, must be written, directed, and produced by the students entering the production. However, there is no age limit on the actors or performers who appear in the production. Each entry must have a title and credits presented in the beginning or ending graphics including acknowledgement of any copyrighted material.

Entries must be submitted digitally on the school entry form. Links can be generated from students’ Office 365 accounts and other web platforms.

HELPFUL HINTS:
We prefer that all entries are submitted using the student’s Office 365 account. Students can locate their files in OneDrive. From there, click on the file’s three dots and choose the “Share” option. Students should choose the option “Anyone with link” and UNCHECK the allow editing box. This link should then be copied and pasted into the student’s online entry form at http://www.wcpsmediaexpo.com/.

If creating a video, use filewiggler.com or another file converter to ensure that your video will play on a variety of systems. Convert your video to a file extension such as .mp4 or .avi to ensure optimum visibility.

All On Screen entries can be uploaded to YouTube, Vimeo, or Office 365 Stream.

Subcategories

____Live Action Video (which could be computer edited)
____Presentation Software
____ Animation Development (choose one type)
___ Traditional (hand drawn then scanned)
___ Stop Motion
___ Computer Program (Maya or another digital program)

Judging Criteria

Content Achieves Purpose

The element of content deals with the overall choice of subject matter.  It should be appropriate for the purpose indicated.  It should be timely and well thought out.  It should have a purpose and theme and should satisfy a personal or informational need. Will anyone care about the content of your production?  Is the subject or idea big enough to sustain the entire program? Is the story or message clear? 

Content Suitable to Audience

The element of content deals with the overall choice of subject matter.  It should be appropriate for the audience indicated.  It should take into account aspects of the audience including age, gender, knowledge on a subject, etc. Will the specified audience care about the content of the production?  Would the story or message be clear to the audience?

Creativity/Originality

Provide fresh, interesting insights into the subject of your program. 

Organization/Structure

Show evidence of planning and choice through all parts of your production as you focus on achieving the program's purpose. Show that the information or story is paced and developed in a way that keeps viewers interested and helps them understand your meaning. Titles and credits should be clear and presented in an attractive manner. Strive for original, creative titles and credits that are technically well done. 

Overall Effectiveness/Presentation

Does your program heighten viewer attention and interest?  Does the program touch human emotions or feelings?  When the program is over, does it leave a meaning with the viewer? Does it grab the viewer’s attention?

Appropriate Design Techniques/Resources

Have you used the media opportunities available to you to their maximum effect? Did your choice of medium suit your purpose? Show evidence of planning and choice through all parts of your production as you focus on achieving the program's purpose. Show that the information or story is paced and developed in a way that keeps viewers interested and helps them understand your meaning. A media production is like a puzzle.  It has lots of pieces such as pictures, sound, color, effects, transitions, etc.  When you combine all these pieces, they should fit together to make one overall impression of technical skill. 

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