In collaboration with Bayonne Board of Education
Section: Performing Arts (Open to High School)
C. Spoken Word
Section: Visual Arts (Open to Elementary, Middle, and High School)
Contestants will be placed in one of the following 3 Groups based on their grade:
LIGHTING: is very important! Proper lighting has a huge impact on smartphone cameras because they have smaller image sensors and lenses. Follow these simple tips:
LANDSCAPE NOT PORTRAIT: This part is "Really Important!" You should hold your phone horizontally so that videos played back on other screens (virtually everywhere) will look fine. Hold it so it looks like a big screen TV.
FOCUS: Most phones also offer “touch focusing” in the event your camera is focusing on the wrong area of your composition.
AUDIO: is just as important as video. It is best to shoot your video in a quiet place, preferably indoors when possible and speak clearly and if necessary loudly. Audio will be better if you sit closer to the camera.
HOLD STEADY: If you have a tripod – or selfie stick it will help you keep steadier. Setting your phone on other physical supports like tables, chairs, desks, shelves, etc. works well.
ATMOSPHERE: Choose a pleasant background with just something simple and nothing distracting.
BATTERY AND SPACE: Make sure your phone is charged and that you have enough storage space (available memory) to store the footage – high definition (HD) video files can get large and will drain a battery quickly.
BE BRIEF: Please keep your video under 45 seconds.
BE YOURSELF: and keep it light and bright and your video will turn out great!