2019 OFFICIAL RULES

SLATES
All entries must begin with 5 seconds of white text on a black screen featuring the following:

  • School Code (Not School Name)

  • Name of Contest

  • Names of every student on the entry

The 5 second slate will NOT be counted as part of the work and will not count against the time limit of the piece. Un-slated entries may be disqualified.


NEW THIS YEAR - ONLINE ENTRY SUBMISSIONS

All entries will be submitted online. Each school will receive a link to a dedicated upload page. All entries will be submitted via this personalized website. Each entry will be timestamped. The timestamp will be based on when you STARTED UPLOADING the entry. We will do our very best to provide fast, reliable internet. In the event the internet is not working, we will still accept entries turned in on flash drives at the timekeepers table.

To ensure fast upload times, please compress your movie files to H.264. You can do this using any number of compression tools. If multiple versions of the same entry are uploaded to the upload site, the most recent version that comes in under deadline will be considered the official entry.

All flash drive entries must be in Quicktime .MOV or .MP4 format (H.264 preferred) and submitted on a flash drive that can be read by a Macintosh. The ONLY file on that flash drive must be the entry. Only one entry per drive allowed.

Please check all entries before submission. Entries that cannot be played will be disqualified. The file should be named according to the following convention: EventCode_SchoolCode_EntryName.mov (or .mp4)


DISQUALIFICATION
The following things could result in disqualification:

Labeling: Unlabeled and/or un-slated entries may be disqualified and not judged.

Contest Criteria: Entries must meet all the criteria of the entered contest (i.e. themes, formats, category, etc.)

Missing Deadline: Online entries will receive a computer-generated timestamp based on the moment the upload started. This timestamp will be visible to both schools and judges. Entries with timestamps past the contest deadline will be disqualified. For entries submitted on flash drive, the clock in the big editing room is the official clock. Each contest will have a deadline and a dedicated bin at the timekeepers table in the big edit room. At each deadline, the official timekeeper will close the bin and deliver it to the judges. Once the lid on the bin is closed, the contest is irrevocably closed. Any entries submitted after this point will be disqualified for awards, but will still receive a critique if submitted within 30 minutes of the deadline.

Content: Students are reminded to create content that is appropriate for screening in front of an audience of students and teachers. Gratuitous use of profanity, violence, and/or sexual content will result in disqualification.

Teacher assistance: While ASB allows teachers to advise and teach their students as needed, any teacher editing or shooting for their kids will cause that entry to be disqualified. In other words, during the course of producing a video, teachers can not touch the camera, or the editing software. The only exception to this rule is the Earlybird Madness contest, where teachers can participate in any way they want. If your students see a teacher shooting or editing, please take a photo and send it to contests@asb4state.com

Pre-Production: Interviews and story subjects are not to be scheduled ahead of on-site contest start times. For example, it is against the rules to schedule an interview or lock in a story a week before the conference. Contests are intended to be impromptu in nature. Stories found to be planned ahead of time will be disqualified.

On-site contests must be created during the event. Any content created beforehand will disqualify an on-site entry. The only exception to this is non-copyrighted music, sound effects, and graphic templates. Entries that include music or content that the student or school does not have the rights or permission to use will be disqualified.

SWEEPSTAKES
At the end of the awards ceremony we will announce the school that placed first in the most contests, and that school will take home the traveling "4State Sweepstakes" trophy, which they will bring back the following year. Note: Tie breaker will be the school that places highest in "Spot Feature."

DISCLOSURE
All contests at the 2019 ASB 4-State Conference (including all contest rules and prompts) are being planned and executed without the assistance of, input from, or inside knowledge of any teacher or student attending the conference. While several attending teachers will be helping to plan the logistics of the non-contest parts of the conference and the breakout session, they will in no way be involved in the planning or judging of contests, or the interpretation of contest rules.


PRE-CONFERENCE CONTESTS

Upload Contests

Segments produced between November 12, 2018 and October 18, 2019 are eligible. Entry Deadline: 11:59PM CST on Friday, October 18th, 2019. Entries can be submitted online via your frame.io project page.

BROADCAST FEATURE STORY
Broadcast stories providing coverage of a person, topic, or event. This is a journalism contest. Stories should adhere to journalistic standards and ethics and demonstrate strong shooting, editing, writing, and overall storytelling.

  • Time limit: 4 minutes

  • One entry per school

  • No limit to number of students per entry

  • Each student may only be listed on one entry

SHORT FILM
Gratuitous use of profanity, violence, and/or sexual content will not be eligible for award or screening, but will receive a critique. Entries that include music or content that the student or school does not have the rights or permission to use will be disqualified.

  • Time limit: 8 minutes

  • One entry per school

  • No limit to number of students per entry

  • Each student may only be listed on one entry

HUMOROUS SEGMENT
This is a wide-open production category. The first objective for judges is to find real humor—something clever, well-produced, and well-played.  The entries may be parodies, satires, original skits, not necessarily journalistic in nature. Originality will get extra consideration. 

  • Time limit: 3 minutes

  • One entry per school

  • No limit to number of students per entry

  • Each student may only be listed on one entry

76-Hour Challenges  

Contest prompts/songs/props will be posted to:

https://www.scholasticbroadcasting.com/4state/76

at 9AM CST on Wednesday, October 23rd.  Entries must be uploaded to your frame.io page by 3PM on Saturday, October 26th. As a backup, you may also deliver these on flash drives at the University Plaza Hotel timekeepers table by 3PM CST on Saturday, Nov. 26th.

76 HOUR MOVIE MAKER
Judges will look for films that meet all prompts and prop requirements, and also tell a great story. Audio and video quality will be important, but story comes first. Tell a strong story. Credits and opening titles DO count against the 5 minute limit; slates do not count against your time. Plots about suicide, gratuitous violence, or anything beyond what would normally get a “PG” rating should be avoided. Conference officials will not screen any content that crosses the line for a general, student and teacher audience.  All aspects of the film must be shot and edited between 11AM on Wednesday, October 23rd and the deadline at 5PM on Saturday, October 26th.

  • Time limit: 5 minutes

  • Two entries per school (Each students may only be on one entry)

  • No limit to number of students per entry

76 HOUR BROADCAST CHALLENGE
Stories should adhere to journalistic standards and ethics and demonstrate strong shooting, editing, writing, and overall storytelling. All aspects of the story must be shot and edited between 9AM on Wednesday, October 23rd and the deadline at 3PM on Saturday, October 26th.

  • Time limit: 2 minutes

  • One entry per school

  • No limit to number of students per entry

76 HOUR PODCAST CHALLENGE
The content of the podcast must be recorded and edited between 9AM on Wednesday, October 23rd and the deadline at 3PM on Saturday, October 26th. You can use music if you have the rights to it. Content should adhere to journalistic standards and ethics and demonstrate strong storytelling. All the content on this podcast must be original and not used in any other upload challenge. For example: You can not use the audio of your 76 Broadcast Challenge story in your podcast.

  • Time limit: 10 minutes

  • One entry per school

  • No limit to number of students per entry

76 HOUR RULES VIDEO CHALLENGE
Your assignment is to make a video communicating the rules and announcements of the 2019 ASB 4-State conference. You can go any direction you want with this. The winning video will be shown at the opening ceremony.

  • Time limit: 2 minutes

  • One entry per school

  • No limit to number of students per entry

EARLYBIRD MADNESS  
This optional contest runs from 10:00AM - 3:00PM on Saturday Oct 26.  At 10:00AM teams will receive a prompt and contest requirements. Final entries should be 2 minutes maximum. Two entries per school. Students may only be on one entry. This is the only contest where teachers are considered team members and may participate in any way they choose.

  • Time limit: 2 minutes

  • Two entries per school (Each students may only be on one entry)

  • No limit to number of students per entry

ON-SITE CONTESTS

Overview

ASB will provide tables as a home base for each school, plus electrical power to the tables. All editing must take place on site in the big edit room. Editing in hotel rooms is not permitted. Teachers may be present in the area to teach and advise, but are not allowed to do any hands-on work during the on-site contests.

Teachers are responsible for providing everything you will need at your table for your students to edit: flash drives, cables, chargers, power strips, extension cords, etc. You must label every piece of equipment you bring with your school. All entries must be submitted online to your frame.io page, or as a backup, to the appropriate bin at the official timekeeper's table in the big edit room. Any submitted flash drives will be returned at the end of the closing ceremony.

All broadcast contests will begin with a contest briefing in KANSAS A. All film and production contests will begin with a contest briefing in TEXAS.

Novice on-site Contests

Novice contests are limited to first-year broadcast / film students. Every student listed and participating in a novice contest must be in their very first media/broadcast/video and film production class. Regular contests are open to ANY and ALL, including first year students. In other words, students are not limited to novice contests if they are in their first year of media classes.

60-SECOND SILENT MOVIE - NOVICE CONTEST
This is a novice contest, limited only to students in their first year of broadcast/film classes. Teams will receive a theme or “focus statement” they will turn into a 60-second silent movie. Teams are reminded to stick to the theme as much as possible, but creativity is certainly encouraged.  Anyone can be used as actors or extras. No effects of any kind may be used.  This means no transitions, no captions, no titles, no slow motion or fast motion, NO EFFECTS.  Your editing is cuts-only.  This emphasizes shooting for continuity in the field.  In addition, you may not make signs to help the plot along.  You may use signs you find at your shooting location.  Judges will look for storytelling that makes sense, has continuity in shots/edits, and for some kind of impact at the end to tie it all up. They will especially watch for a strong beginning-middle-end.

  • Time limit: 60 Seconds

  • 2 teams of up to 4 students

MOVIE TRAILER - NOVICE CONTEST
This is a novice contest, limited only to students in their first year of broadcast/film classes. A general theme or genre or title and/or required elements will be given to the teams. You may bring your own music tracks (non-copyrighted), sound effects, and you may cast anyone registered for 4-State in your video.

  • Time limit: 90 seconds

  • 2 teams of up to 5 students

COMMERCIAL - NOVICE CONTEST
This is a novice contest, limited only to students in their first year of broadcast/film classes. A product or service will be given, and teams will be asked to plan, shoot and edit a 30-second commercial.  You may use any non-copyrighted music that you want. You may use anyone from your school as actors as needed.

  • Time limit: 30 seconds

  • 2 teams of up to 4 students

5 SECOND FILM - NOVICE DIVISION
Note: This is the novice division. There is also a regular division of this contest.
This is one of the more challenging of our contests. There will be general guidelines given at the meeting, but creativity is encouraged in this one.  Music (non-copyrighted) may be added, effects may be used, and again, creativity is the key in this one, as well as telling a story in a ridiculously short amount of time. Entries that go over 5 seconds by even ONE second will not be allowed to win an award. Your 5 second slate does not count against your entry, obviously. Note: This is the novice division. There is also a regular division of this contest.

  • Time limit: 5 seconds

  • 3 teams of up to 4 students

EDIT THE SCENE - NOVICE DIVISION
Note: This is the novice division. There is also a regular division of this contest.
The assignment will be to take video clips, sound effects, additional dialog, and music provided on a flash drive to edit, sound mix, and color correct a short movie scene. You may only use the material and assets on the flash drive provided. No additional assets should be used. No minimum or maximum time required. Creativity is encouraged.

  • Time limit: None

  • 2 teams of up to 2 students

EDIT THE BROADCAST PACKAGE - NOVICE DIVISION
Note: This is the novice division. There is also a regular division of this contest.
Each team will be given a thumb drive with soundbites and b-roll. They will also be given a list of facts about the story that are not present in the sound bites. Their job is to edit together a complete broadcast news or feature story, complete with a student's voice over, featuring selected content from the provided fact sheet. Your finished package will be judged on your ability to write for broadcast, remain objective, and create an engaging edit.

  • Time limit: None

  • 2 teams of up to 2 students

REGULAR On-site Contests

10 HOUR FILM CHALLENGE
Teams will be given a set of prompts and required elements and will then have just 10 hours to write, shoot, edit, and deliver a short film. The final entry should run no longer than 3 minutes. You may use any non-copyrighted music you want. The prompts will not require you to leave the convention center. It is up to you and your teachers if you do go off-site.

  • Time limit: 2 minutes

  • 2 teams of up to 7 students

5 SECOND FILM - REGULAR DIVISION
Note: This is the regular division. There is also a novice division of this contest.
This is one of the more challenging of our contests. There will be general guidelines given at the meeting, but creativity is encouraged in this one. Music (non-copyrighted) may be added, effects may be used, and again, creativity is the key in this one, as well as telling a story in a ridiculously short amount of time. Entries that go over 5 seconds by even ONE second will not be allowed to win an award. Your 5 second slate does not count against your entry, obviously.

  • Time limit: 5 seconds

  • 3 teams of up to 4 students

ANCHOR TEAM
Schools may enter two teams of up to four students, with two students serving as the on-camera anchors, and the other two helping with shooting, script, and overall production. Teams will receive wire copy and have to write a 60 second script, deciding which stories to prioritize, which to leave out if necessary. The final entry may not be edited. Upload a live-to-tape, one-take, one-shot performance.  Begin with the anchors introducing themselves “with a news update,” and at the end, finish with “For ASB, I’m (name) and I’m (name). Thanks for watching.”  Judges will look for strong, conversational scripts, order of stories presented, storytelling, transitions, and professionalism. Teams are reminded to find a location themselves, and to be aware of lighting and audio quality. Those elements will not carry as much weight as content, but they can make a difference in a close contest.

  • Time Limit: 60 seconds

  • 2 teams of up to 4 students

BACKPACK JOURNALIST
This is an individual event for the solo student journalist who can do it all. Everyone will be given a prompt or theme when this contest kicks off and students must find a story, shoot, and edit a 60-90 second package before the deadline. Teachers may help come up with story ideas but NO ONE else may touch the camera or computer that the student is using to complete their story. Each school is allowed up to 3 individual entries.

  • Time limit: 60-90 seconds

  • 3 teams of one student

CINEMATOGRAPHER CHALLENGE
This is a cinematography contest and it’s all about conveying tone and emotion through the use of lighting and the camera. Teams of 2 will be given an inspiration word and they will work together to create moving images that convey this message. Judges will be looking for excellent camera technique and creative lighting. This contest is focused primarily on technique and mastery of light. Students are free to explore concept and tone and ignore story if they wish. This contest is about how images make you feel.

  • Time limit: 60-90 seconds

  • 2 teams of 2 students

EDIT THE BROADCAST PACKAGE - REGULAR DIVISION
Note: This is the regular division. There is also a novice of this contest.
Each team will be given a thumb drive with soundbites and b-roll. They will also be given a list of facts about the story that are not present in the sound bites. Their job is to edit together a complete broadcast news or feature story, complete with a student's voice over, featuring selected content from the provided fact sheet. Your finished package will be judged on your ability to write for broadcast, remain objective, and create an engaging edit.

  • Time limit: None

  • 2 teams of up to 2 students

EDIT THE SCENE - REGULAR DIVISION
Note: This is the regular division. There is also a novice division of this contest.
The assignment will be to take video clips, sound effects, additional dialog, and music provided on a flash drive to edit, sound mix, and color correct a short movie scene. You may only use the material and assets on the flash drive provided. No additional assets should be used. No minimum or maximum time required. Creativity is encouraged.

  • Time limit: None

  • 2 teams of up to 2 students

FINISH THE FILM
The teams will receive a script with the first two scenes, which they must shoot.  The dialogue and directions should be closely followed. Judges will decide if teams go off-script too far. Then, each team will write and shoot the third and final scene in any way they see fit. Thus, “Finish the Film.” The final entry should run no longer than 4 minutes. You may use any non-copyrighted music you want, and please pay attention to sound and video quality. The script you receive will not require you to leave the hotel. It is up to you and your teachers if you do go off-site.

  • Time limit: 4 minutes

  • 2 teams of up to 5 students

MUSIC VIDEO
This category provides opportunities for creativity in your storytelling. Teams will receive a download link to a song. Each team must select one and only one song to create a music video. Teams can add up to 30 seconds of non-musical content to help set the stage, or tie up the video. The songs can be edited for length, but judges will determine if too much was cut.

  • Time limit: Length of song + 30 seconds

  • 2 teams of up to 5 students

NAT SOUND PACKAGE
Teams of two will be given a prompt and will shoot and edit a broadcast package using only natural sound and sound bites. You may not use any reporter voice over, stand-ups, or text on screen to tell your story. Judges are looking for stories with strong narrative and rich natural sound. This is a journalism contest, so nothing is to be made up, faked, or planned ahead of time. To make this fair for everyone, teams CANNOT do a story about anyone they know or have met before. The intention of this rule is to keep local schools from having an unfair advantage. The topic will allow you to shoot on-site at the hotel, but it is up to you and your teacher if you wish to go off-site to shoot. 

  • Time limit: 3 minutes

  • 2 teams of up to 2 students

RADIO STORY
Students will need to find an audio story, based on instructions given at the contest meeting. The final story should be 45-60 seconds long, and include natural sound, sound bites, with strong reporter narration and script. Judges will look for strong writing, including transitions and attributions, as well as nat. sound. This is a journalism contest, so nothing is to be made up, faked, or planned ahead of time. To make this fair for everyone, teams CANNOT do a story about anyone they know or have met before. The intention of this rule is to keep local schools from having an unfair advantage.

  • Time limit: 60 seconds

  • 2 teams of up to 2 students

SPORTS ROUND TABLE
Teams will draw recording times at the meeting in KANSAS A. Then they will receive their 5 topics currently in the sports news the day of the contest, and they will be required to cover at least 3 of the topics in their 5-minute round table discussion. Teams will be given 2+ hours to prepare. Their discussion will be recorded on video by conference staff. You are doing this discussion like it’s being simulcast on radio and TV. One of the three students in the group should act as the main host, introducing the show and its two other participants. Name your show whatever you want but use actual student names in the introductions. Judges will look for lively, interesting, informed talk about the topics, and it is more than fine to include debate, humor, sports references, etc. There will be a silent, visual countdown of 10 seconds at the end of the five minutes so the host can properly wrap up the show. Notes are allowed.

  • Time limit: 5 minutes

  • 1 team of 3-4 students

SPOT FEATURE
Teams will receive an assignment and have 7.5 hours to file their story. This is a journalism contest, so nothing is to be made up, faked, or planned ahead of time. To make this fair for everyone, teams CANNOT do a story about anyone they know or have met before. The intention of this rule is to keep local schools from having an unfair advantage. The topic will allow you to shoot on-site at the hotel, but it is up to you and your teacher if you wish to go off-site to shoot. The final story should run no more than 2 minutes. Pay attention to overall production values, a strong script, and finding a compelling character or two as you meet the given assignment.

  • Time limit: 2 minutes

  • 2 teams of up to 4 students