Library contest has teens create video trailers for books

Teens in the Newsroom programFebruary 12, 2014 

Spring is a great time for creativity and imagination. The Stanislaus County Library is holding a video contest for all teens, ages 13 to 18. Passionate readers are asked to pilot an original movie trailer of a favorite book. Using their insight on the story, contestants may use still images, video, animation, music and words to inspire viewers to read the book.

Winners will be awarded at a special reception March 15, with all contestants attending. Entries must be submitted before 5 p.m. March 8. For more information, visit your Stanislaus County Library branch or contact the Modesto Library at (209) 558-7817 or by email at teenvideocontest@scfl.lib.ca.us.

Susan Lily, Stanislaus County Library communications, marketing and fund development manager, shared more information on the contest.

Q: Where did the idea of a video contest come from?

A: Libraries across the country celebrate Teen Tech Week every year in March. We thought a video contest would be both fun and educational. It gives teens a hands-on opportunity to learn and practice a range of skills, including writing a script, planning the production, shooting the video and editing it. Creating a video about a favorite book is a perfect way to mix technology and reading.

Q: How will the entries be judged, and by whom? If a contestant doesn’t have the best video camera, will it be judged against them?

A: Three judges with backgrounds in technology, art, advertising and/or video production will judge the entries independently. Scores will be compiled to determine the winners. Entries will be judged on content, creativity and whether it would make the viewer want to read the book.

Q: Are there separate age divisions? Or is there just one?

A: There is just one division.

Q: What are some of the prizes?

A: First place, a $300 gift card; second place, a $200 gift card; third place, a $100 gift card. The prizes are donated by the Stanislaus Library Foundation.

Q: Is this the first time a contest like this has been held? If not, what were some previous experiences and submissions like?

A: The Teen Video Contest was held last year for the first time. It was clear that the students who entered put a lot of thought and effort into their videos. There were a variety of video types submitted last year. Some were acted out or used animation, while others conveyed the message completely with words, images and music.

Q: Where and how can entries be submitted? Is it offered at all Stanislaus libraries, or is it exclusive to the Modesto branch?

A: The Teen Video Contest is offered countywide. The contest entry form and rules are available at www.stanislauslibrary.org/ tk_teen.shtml. The entry form must be completed and returned to any Stanislaus County Library branch. Or it can be scanned and emailed to teenvideocontest@scfl.lib.ca.us. Videos are submitted by logging on to YouTube with the user name stanislauscountylibrary@gmail.com and the password movietrailer2014 and uploading to the SCFL Teen Video Contest channel. The deadline to submit the entry form and upload videos is 5 p.m. March 8.

Q: How does this contest benefit the library programs?

A: The Teen Video Contest is designed to encourage teens to read and discuss books, and to use their libraries.

The contest also helps convey the message that there are all kinds of things to do at your library, including the virtual branch, www.stanislauslibrary.org.

Q: Any tips to contestants or those interested in the contest?

A: The entry deadline is less than a month away. A well-planned video will take some time, especially if you’re working in a group. So I would encourage those interested to start now and let your creativity shine!

Ellen Zheng is a freshman at Central Valley High School and a member of The Bee’s Teens in the Newsroom program.

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