Sponsored by the Departments of
MODERN LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES and ASIAN STUDIES
Create a video on one of the following topics:
- “Chinese at Furman!”
- “French at Furman!”
- “German at Furman!”
- “Japanese at Furman!”
- “South Asia at Furman!”
- “Spanish at Furman!”
Imagine you are part of the marketing team in charge of helping us promote our programs. Show what studying a language at Furman is all about (classes, study away experiences, language houses, service learning, language tables, First Year Seminars, etc.) through the use of your creativity and make your video stand out. It could be funny, dramatic, suspenseful… whatever gets the word out about our programs!
Contest participants can borrow cameras at the Language Resource Center (Furman Hall 226) or at the Studio Lab (ground floor of the James B. Duke library) where they can learn how to edit their video.
- Videos must be between 90 and 120 seconds in length, including titles and credits.
- Videos must be suitable for all audiences.
- Videos can be in any style or genre of film or video, including, but not limited to, animation, drama,
still art, imagery, comedy, or documentary.
- Videos can be in English, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, or Spanish. If you choose a foreign
language, please provide subtitles.
- Opening and/or closing credits must mention: the names of those who created and helped create
the video, an original title, the subtitle “[language] at Furman!” and your sources.
- Contest participants must not use copyrighted material in their videos. Creative Commons has
posted a great guide to royalty-free music sources.
- Contest participants must credit the media sources they use in their video.
- Contest participants must save a master copy of their video.
- All entries must be original, unpublished and created solely by the contest participants.
- No professional assistance is allowed except for that of the Studio Lab Consultants.
- Contest participants may want to answer the following questions within their video:
* What’s your favorite part of studying [language] at Furman?
* How have your MLL and/or AS courses helped you in your other courses at Furman?
* Where/How do you get to practice your language skills?
* How has learning the foreign language impacted your life?
* What do you want prospective Furman students to know about the language program?
* What are some of the challenges in the course of studying the language and how do you
overcome those challenges?
* Have you ever experienced a "magical ta-da! language moment" when your classroom
language expertise "clicked" in the "real world"?
- The contest is open to current Furman students and Language House Assistants
- Contest participants should submit a contest entry as a group of between 2 and 6 individuals.
- All videos must be uploaded by 11:59 p.m. E.D.T. on Sunday, April 7th, 2013.
- Videos will be shown and winners announced on Furman Engaged! day (April 12th, 2013).
How to Enter the Contest
- To enter, sign in to YouTube and upload your video contest entry. If you do not already have a
YouTube account, you will be required to create one. Instructions are available at YouTube's
Getting Started page.
- Include the phrase “[language] at Furman!” in your posting title.
- Set your video's privacy to "Public."
- Write down your video's YouTube URL as you will need it on Furman Engaged! day.
- Send the URL to firstname.lastname@example.org once you have posted your video.
All eligible videos will be judged by a panel of faculty, students, and staff based on these criteria:
- Creativity and originality of video concept
- Innovative means of delivering the message
- Audio and visual quality of the video
- Effectiveness and clarity of the message
There will be two awards:
Best Video in English Award: $200 (to be shared among contest participants in the winning group)
Best Video in a Foreign Language Award: $200 (to be shared among contest participants in the
Winning videos will be featured on the Modern Languages and Literatures website.
All videos submitted may be used by Furman University in whole or in part, royalty free, in any printed or electronic media and in promotional materials, including recruitment and online publications.
Registration / Entry Form
To register for the contest each group should send an email to:
Dr. Sachi Schmidt-Hori email@example.com
by Friday, March 15th, 2013 indicating the names of contest participants and their email addresses.