Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Who can participate?
A: Students, faculty and staff from the University of Tennessee,
Knoxville campus. Library employees are not eligible to participate
in this contest.
Q: How do I enter?
A: Begin by registering online at on our website. (click
here to register)
Upon registration you will receive a packet of information including
the story line for the project. Create a video with your own perspective
using the given storyline. You may use any originally created
or public domain audio and video footage.
Q: What happens if I register then don't submit a video?
A: Nothing, don't worry about it. You must be registered to submit
a video so if you're even considering doing a video go ahead and
register. If something comes up and you can't complete your project
it is not a problem.
Q: What do I use for my video?
A: You can use video or audio that you create yourself. In addition,
you may use media from the public domain in your project. Be sure
the required certification and reserve
a camera if you need to check-out a camera from The Studio
to shoot your footage.
Q: What is the deal with the story provided?
A: The story, "What a day!" is the story that you tell
in your video. You may interpret the story how you wish as long
as all parts of the story are represented in your project. You
may take a liberal interpretation of the story. This is your opportunity
to be creative. Go nuts and have fun!
Q: How long does my video need to be?
A: The video must not exceed 5 minutes. As long as you are under
5 minutes it can be as short as you want.
Q: How should I make my video?
A: Begin by thinking about how you're planning to tell the story
and shoot whatever video you'll need to do that. Once you have
your footage, you are free to edit with whatever equipment and/or
software you prefer. If you work in The Studio, you will probably
be using iMovie
if you are a beginner or Final
Cut Pro if you are more advanced.
Q: What if I need help?
A: If you plan to work in The Studio or to use iMovie or Final
Cut Pro, please be aware that we have a collection of tutorials
and reference books for both programs. We also offer short instructional
courses for both programs (see
our schedule here). In addition, you can ask for assistance
by a staff member on duty or even set up a consultation appointment.
Q: Do all parts of the story have to be told in order?
A: No, often narration is not done sequentially, like in movies
such as Pulp Fiction or Memento. As long as
all parts of the story are represented, you can tell the story
in whatever style or fashion you choose.
Q: Can I use animation?
A: Feel free to use animation. As long as you submit your video
as a dv file, on miniDV tape or on a DVD then you can create your
video however you like.
Q: How can I store my project while I'm still working?
A: If you are working in The Studio and need to save your project
you'll need to plan on storage in some form. We have long
term (3-week) storage available for checkout on a first-come,
first-served basis. You may also bring personal storage such as
an external firewire hard drive, a laptop, an iPod, etc. to move
your project to.
Q: When are submissions due?
A: Submissions are due March 27 by 11:00pm in The Studio
Q: How do I submit my video?
A: You may submit your video on miniDV tape, DVD, or a dv file
to The Studio. Details for submitting a dv file will be coming
Q: How are the winners chosen?
A: The rules for the contest are fairly open. Although specific
criteria for the judges is still being worked out, preference
will be given to those who embrace the theme, push the boundaries
of working in narrative form, use original and create footage
to tell their story, and whose perspective engages the audience.
Q: Who will judge the entries?
A: Once the judges are chosen their names and bio will be posted
on our Contest Details page.
Q: When and where will the prizes be awarded?
A: After the entries have been selected and judged, there will
be a festival to show the top entries as well as to announce winners
and award prizes. The date is not set yet but please check back
at our Contest Timeline for
Q: What happens to my movie after the contest?
By submitting your work you agree to give UT Libraries a non-exclusive
license to use your work. All submitted work will be given a Creative
Commons license known as Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike.
This means that you keep all the rights to your work, but we can
use it. For more information on this license please visit: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/.
Your work will be featured on this contest website and most likely
on related websites. We will make a DVD of the submissions which
will be part of the Library's Media Center collection.