FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
STUDENTS WITH A CAUSE
Who can enter?
Only currently enrolled high school students (grades 9 to 12) in Clark County Nevada can submit entries for consideration. Participants under the age of 18 must have parental/guardian consent before submitting entries. Please see the downloadable Student Release and Waiver form for more information.
How do I submit a PSA?
- Upload your PSA to YouTube using the following title format for your PSA:
Richard Harris Law Firm Students With A Cause (Your first name, last initial).
Example: Richard Harris Law Students With A Cause (Chris S.)
- Email us a link to your video on YouTube at email@example.com
- Fill out the necessary forms and email, fax, mail, or drop them off in person at our office.
If you send a fax, include a cover sheet that says “Richard Harris Law PSA Contest”
- Once we receive the link to your video and your completed forms, we’ll add your entry to the Students With A Cause section on the firm’s Web site (RichardHarrisLaw.com).
- Feel free to send us a disc with your PSA. We’ll add it to the Students With A Cause channel on YouTube! This isn’t required, but we’d like to include your entry.
How will PSAs be judged? Who will judge?
Entries will be judged by a panel of professionals in the media and broadcast industry, who will judge on students’ abilities to analyze and discuss the topic and produce a quality video. In addition, this year we will take into account how many views the video receives from this website (not youtube), which will account for 33% of the final score.
How will the winners be announced?
Winning participants will be notified by Richard Harris Law Firm by May 31, 2013.
Can participants use other people’s material?
Entries must contain all original material (including music, images, etc.) or material in the public domain. No trademarked, copyrighted, or otherwise branded materials, logos, products, etc., may be used without express written permission from the owner, business, and/or organization. This can include logos on t-shirts, trademarked brands on products, etc. If entries contain copyrighted, branded, and/or trademarked materials without proper permission, those entries will be disqualified.
Can I use real-life experiences?
Yes, Richard Harris Law Firm encourages people to share their true stories. Depending on the nature of the PSA, students may be asked to submit additional waivers that give express permission to use photographs, names, and/or other pertinent material in the PSA. Completed Talent Release Forms must be turned in with entries, if applicable. All participants must knowingly agree to appear in entries and must complete and sign any required Talent Release Forms.
What are the prizes?
The first place prize includes the choice between an Apple MacBook with Apple Final Cut Express HD or a $1,500 gift card to an electronics store. A $500 donation will be made to the first place winner’s school. The second place winner will receive a $500 gift card to an electronics store.
Does it cost anything to enter?
There is no charge for submitting an entry.
Can I submit more than one entry?
Yes. Participants may submit up to two entries.
Can entries be disqualified?
Entries will be disqualified if they contain vulgar or inappropriate content; are not turned in with all proper paperwork; have postmarks later than the specified due date; or use copyrighted material. Remember, entries should be no longer than 30 seconds and are due Friday, May 24, 2013.
No trademarked, copyrighted, or otherwise branded materials, logos, products, etc., may be used without express written permission from the owner, business, and/or organization. This can include logos on t-shirts, trademarked brands on products, etc. If entries contain copyrighted, branded, and/or trademarked materials without proper permission, those entries will be disqualified. Completed Talent Release Forms must be turned in with entries if applicable. All participants must knowingly agree to appear in entries and must complete and sign any required Talent Release Forms.
Can adults assist in production?
Adults may assist with production, but they are limited to only verbal guidance. Adults are allowed to be actors, but not content contributors.
How many students can work on one PSA?
There is no limit on the number of students who can work on a PSA. The PSA must be entered under one name, or group of participant names and there will only be one prize awarded for the winning PSA. Participants can choose to divide the prize on their own terms, if applicable.
What is the deadline?
Friday, May 24, 2013
Can participants make Flash videos with hand-based sketches or drawings of their own?
May it be a silent movie with a background song?
Music and sounds may be used, but they can’t be copyrighted. See the Student Release and Waiver form for complete details.
For questions not answered here, contact Susan Syring at firstname.lastname@example.org.