Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Time to Sign Up for the A to Z Video Challenge!

     Are you ready to sign up for the A to Z Video Challenge?  We hope so!
        The A to Z Video Challenge is a bit of an experiment so we hope you'll bear with us if we occasionally have to tweak it a bit over the course of the next       couple of months. Please feel free to provide any suggestions or comments that might help   us in this              experiment. And of course, feel free to ask any questions you may have about the Video    Challenge.
        First let's review the two videos that kicked off this challenge:

               These great videos are from Ron Easton and Ada Zdanowicz.  Each of them provides an example of what your video entry should include.  

          We want to encourage creativity in this Challenge.  Your 
video can be funny, dramatic, commercial, arty, educational, or 
whatever style you choose.  But for the sake of uniformity we  have some rules.

          Here are the A to Z Video Challenge rules:

1.   Videos should be no longer than 2 minutes in length including credits.

2.   Subject matter of video must pertain in some way to the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge and include the site address of prominently in the video.

3.  Content should be suitable for general audiences.

4.  The video must be new and made for the A to Z Challenge and it must not have been previously posted online anywhere including a blog or website.

5.  Videos must be downloaded to YouTube or a similar site where they can be shared in order to allow them to be placed on the A to Z Blog and to be linked to for viewing purposes by the audience.  The video creator should place their entry or entries on their blog or web page if they have one.  The entered link can correspond to any of these placements.

6.   All videos will remain property of the creator with permission granted to A to Z Blog for exhibition on that site.

7.   Finalists will be chosen by a panel of judges that may include A to Z Team members or others selected by the Team to act as judges.  Videos will be accepted for judging until 11:59 PM EST Sunday March 11, 2012.

8.   Winners will be chosen in a vote by the A to Z audience between March 15th and 19th with winner(s) announced on March 20th.   Voting will close at 11:59 PM EST on March 19th.

9.   Number of winners may vary depending on number of entries received.  If  there are enough entrants categories such as most creative, funniest, best animation, or others may be opened per judges determination.

10.  Prizes will be determined by the A to Z Team and subject to any additional prize donations.

11.   Rules for the A to Z Video Challenge may be subject to minor adjustment depending on number of entrants or other unforeseen factors.

       We hope this is simple enough for everyone to understand.  If you have questions please ask.

         Now about the prizes.  Since this is a rather hastily assembled contest and an experiment at that, prizes will be limited primarily to promotion and recognition.

          Winners of the Challenge will be given special guest or feature opportunities on some of the A to Z Team Blogs.   All video entries will be featured on the A to Z Blog with winning videos featured again in special promotional spots on the A to Z Challenge Blog after the Video Challenge has closed and during the month of April.  

          As stated at the opening, this A to Z Video Challenge is an experiment we are trying out this year to see what the level of interest is.  If all goes well, perhaps next year we'll start putting this Video Challenge together earlier and get some bigger more tangible prizes.  But the exposure and promotion gained for your blog, website, or video-making talent can be very valuable gaining you new fans or even clients.   And the bragging rights could be fun too.

        As the Challenge continues this year we will probably see some  surprise prizes appearing along the way.   It probably won't be big cash awards or expensive premiums, but we might be having some fun things to add to up the ante.  It depends on how many of you enter the Video Challenge.

         So now for the entries.  The entry form is included in this post today and will continue to be found at the top of the page by clicking the tab marked "A to Z Video Challenge Entries".    Fill in the form with the link where your video can be found, your name or the name the entity submitting the video (blog, website, company, organization, etc),  your email address so we can contact you (this will only be seen by Challenge administrators), and tell us if you will be participating in the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge.  

        That's all there is to it.  So if you already have a video made, then submit your information now.   Or come back later and submit it when your video is ready.  You have nearly two months to submit your video since we will be accepting them until 11:59 PM EST of Sunday March 11, 2012.   But please don't tarry.  We're anxious to see your videos.

        Now let's get creative!

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Lisa said...

This is so great and the two videos are awesome. I look forward to view more, as for myself, I do not have a clue on how to make a video clip.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Can't wait to see some of the videos!

Marta Szemik said...

Very excited for this! Some big shoes to fill for the challenge :)

Jeremy [Retro] said...

many talent folks out there, cannot wait to see what you all might come up with....


I can't participate in the video unashamedly I don't know how to make one but of course will be taking part in the A to Z Challenge.

It sounds fun and I know I will enjoy watching the videos.

Tina said...

I'm very excited to see these videos! I'm no videomaker, but sure do love watching them.

Tina @ Life is Good
Co-Host of the April 2012 Blogging from A to Z Challenge

Matthew MacNish said...

These are so cool!

MISH said...

The video challenge definitely takes the A-Z Challenge to another level! Let the fun begin!

Lynda R Young as Elle Cardy said...

oh wow! Darn it, I wish I had more time because I used to do this kind of thing for a living. I'm certainly looking forward to the entries.

Pearson Report said...

Exciting times!

Even thought I can't officially enter, due to co-hosting, I'm happily playing with my iMovie program and tossing letters around like mad!

This is a fun diversion for those creative folks that want to showcase their wonderful talents and be part of the A to Z fun!

Great post! Jenny @ PEARSON REPORT

Arlee Bird said...

Lynda -- You have plenty of time--until March 11th. Whip something together for us.

Jenny -- You can still make a video to put up on the site to inspire others to try their hands.


Ron Easton for Dads UnLimited said...

I'm just sitting here grinning away. Who knew. Thanks, Lee!

Arlee Bird said...

Ron -- Your comment made me smile too. I like the turn you've taken on your blog. Keep it posting!


Ella said...

How fun! Great vid so far~
I love this idea...