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Video Production

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Judging Criteria

  1. Requirements—time requirements met, proper credits, appropriate target audience. Weight: 10%
  2. Writing & Narrative—plot structure, dialogue or narration, story development. Weight: 10%
  3. Directing—shot variety, stage blocking, believable acting or narration. Weight: 10%
  4. Cinematography—camera operation - correct use of lenses and tripod, follows 180° rule. Weight: 10%
  5. Composition—elements of mise en scène - lighting, costume, prop, framing. Weight: 10%
  6. Audio / Sound—balanced ambience, appropriate music and sound levels. Weight: 10%
  7. Editing—continuity, effects, color grading, proper use of text and transitions. Weight: 10%
  8. Pacing—immersiveness - tone fits theme of the film. Weight: 10%
  9. Originality—auteur - film is unique and interesting. Weight: 20%

*This category allows for groups of up to 3 students. Please apply as a group on one application form.*


Submission Requirements

1. Video project must be original work.
2. Video is expected to be submitted online (Instructions will be sent to the email address provided in the application).
3. Production must be appropriate for educational setting. The entry can be disqualified if this is not followed.
4. Actual video must include written credits including name(s) of students submitting the work.


Select one of the seven following categories for participation:

PSA (Public Service Announcement)
1. Maximum of 60 seconds in duration.
2. All graphics, i.e. names, dates, titles, and credits must be included.
3. Identify target audience or demographic.


1. Maximum of 30 seconds in duration.
2. Feature the sale of any product (e.g. car, invention, etc.) or promotion of event, show, etc.
3. Identify target audience or demographic.


Documentary / Presentation / Instructional
1. Maximum 10 minutes in duration.
2. Express any theme or program, e.g. seat belt safety.
3. Identify target audience or demographic.


Music Video
1. Maximum 10 minutes in duration.
2. Feature is vocal or instrumental.
3. Can use existing music.
4. Identify target audience or demographic.


1. Maximum 10 minutes in duration.
2. Express any area of entertainment, e.g. drama, comedy, mystery, adventure, animation.
3. Identify target audience or demographic.


1. Maximum 5 minutes in duration
2. Features a personalized view into and/or participation in a recreational sport or activity
3. Identify target audience or demographic.


News Story
1. Maximum 1 minute and 30 seconds in duration
2. Demonstrates strong storytelling ability
3. Uses clear, concise, and conversational news writing
4. Package should include B-roll, a reporter stand-up, interviews, and natural sound
5. Identify target audience or demographic.

Non-Discrimination Statement

San Ramon Valley Unified School District programs, activities, and practices shall be free from unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying based on actual or perceived race, color, ancestry, national origin, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression; or on the basis of a person’s association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.

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