Video Recording Tips

MANDATORY GUIDELINES

  • Performances are limited to 5 minutes in length.
  • Copyrighted material should not be present in the recording. This includes music, TV shows, and movies.
  • Profanity of any kind is prohibited, and will result in disqualification. No video will be posted.
    • NO nudity, partial nudity, or sexual content of any kind.
    • NO discriminatory, harassing, or hateful speech of any kind.
    • NO promotion of gangs, political groups, fringe groups, or violent criminal organizations via posters, flags, hats, etc.
    • NO reference to/depiction of firearms or weapons of any kind.
    • NO reference to/depiction of regulated or illegal substance sale or use.

Recording Tips

  • Practice before you record! This will make the performance better and reduce nervousness.
  • Make sure there is good lighting. There should be a strong light source that lights the front of the child’s face to reduce shadows.
    • If possible, avoid fluorescent lighting. Incandescent, LED, or even sunlight is preferred!
  • Find a quiet and isolated place to film. Reduce ambient noise from electronics, open windows, air conditioning, and even family members.
  • Make sure the camera is steady and not hand-held. A photo tripod can help, but even propping your camera up on a table or countertop can help you keep a steady shot.
  • Frame the student or group well in the picture. Try to film at least from the waist up, and make sure there isn’t too much wasted space above their head.
  • Presentations in foreign languages are enthusiastically encouraged! If the student intends to provide a translation of their selection during their performance, both the foreign language and English selections must be completed within the 5 minute time allowance.

Evaluations

The Peach Blossom Festival is run as a festival, not a contest. Entrants will be evaluated on their artistic performance, but not ranked against other schools. Our judges will always evaluate your students positively. Categories of constructive critique include:

Superior

Great use of creativity, arm and/or body movements, great vocal quality, eye contact, expression of face and voice, memorized

Excellent

Creativity, some gestures, good vocal quality, good eye contact, mostly memorized or performed extremely well from a script

Good

Vocal quality, gestures, some eye contact, maintained in character with or without script

Fair

Vocal quality good, with or without script

Much of children’s literature is specifically written to be read aloud! The words and sentence structure are designed to “take on new life” when read orally. Participants are encouraged to animate the words with their tongues, to use engaging facial expressions, and to incorporate hand and body gestures that are creative and descriptive.

A student (or teacher) should announce authors and titles of the selection(s) at the beginning of the performance.

Participants will be judged on eye contact, voice quality, body movement, and overall performance.

We encourage teachers to read the evaluation forms to the students and present them with their certificates. Certificates are left blank so that teachers can spell the students names – stickers are given that indicate the award.

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