Blue Spark Awards Entry Categories

ENTRY DEADLINE: March 30, 2015

The 2015 Blue Spark Awards includes these seven categories. Each category is described in detail along with specific entry instructions below. Be sure to follow the Category entry instructions and Blue Spark Award Rules.

  1. Newscast compilation
  2. Non-fiction or documentary film
  3. Scripted fiction film
  4. Animation
  5. Music video
  6. New Media
  7. Photography

Category 1: Newcast Compilation

  • Compiled examples of anchoring, stand-ups and package samples (not individual news packages).
  • Length: 5-7 minutes.
  • Video entries must be uploaded and functioning properly on YouTube (or submitted on a labeled flash drive or DVD) by the deadline.
  • Entry forms must be emailed to MrRobert.Jasso@mtsu.edu by the deadline.
  • Only one video entry per student or team will be accepted for the 2015 Blue Spark Awards.

Newscast entry form

Category 2: Non-Fiction or Documentary Film

  • A complete story on any subject.
  • Length: 10 minutes or less excluding credits.
  • Video entries must be uploaded and functioning properly on YouTube (or submitted on a labeled flash drive or DVD) by the deadline.
  • Entry forms must be emailed to edward.bowen@mtsu.edu by the deadline.
  • Only one video entry per student or team will be accepted for the 2015 Blue Spark Awards.

Non-fiction or Documentary film entry form

Category 3: Scripted Fiction Video

  • A short narrative film.
  • Length: 10 minutes or less, excluding credits
  • Video entries must be uploaded and functioning properly on YouTube (or submitted on a labeled flash drive or DVD) by the deadline.
  • Entry forms must be emailed to edward.bowen@mtsu.edu by the deadline.
  • Only one video entry per student or team will be accepted for the 2015 Blue Spark Awards.
  • Entries will be judged on story quality and technical accomplishment.

Scripted Fiction Video entry form

Category 4: Animation

  • Animation created through any traditional or digital means, including hand-drawn and stop motion.
  • Length: up to 3 minutes, excluding credits.
  • Animation entries must be uploaded and functioning properly on YouTube (or submitted on a labeled flash drive or DVD) by the deadline.
  • Entry forms must be emailed to kevin.mcnulty@mtsu.edu by the deadline.
  • Only one video entry per student or team will be accepted for the 2015 Blue Spark Awards.

Animation entry form

Category 5: Music Video

  • Length: Five minutes or less, excluding credits.
  • Video entries must be uploaded and functioning properly on YouTube or submitted on a labeled flash drive or DVD by the entry deadline.
  • NOTE about Copyright: Please use only music for which you have permission (i.e. royalty free; local bands; written permission obtained from record label or artist).
  • Entry forms must be emailed to edward.bowen@mtsu.edu by the deadline.
  • Only one video entry per student or team will be accepted for the 2015 Blue Spark Awards.

Music Video entry form

Category 6: New Media

  • A functioning website, mobile app, or online or offline game developed by a student or student team.
  • New Media entries must be received, or uploaded and functioning properly, on the deadline.
  • Entry forms must be emailed to todd.oneill@mtsu.edu by the deadline.

New Media entry form

Category 7: Photography

Photographs should be submitted as digital files only. No prints accepted.

  • Dimensions – 1200 pixels across the longest edge
  • Resolution – 72ppi
File Format
  • Baseline JPEG
Color space – sRGB
  • Photographs may cover any subject matter.
  • Each student may submit up to 5 images.
  • Entries and entry forms must be received by the deadline.
  • Email images along with respective entry forms to jonathan.trundle@mtsu.edu.

Photography entry form

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