2022 Halloween PSA Challenge
This video challege is free for all k-12-aged students.
Help from teachers, advisors, mentors, friends, and family is strongly encouraged -BUT- the worked musted be filmed and edited by the k-12-aged participant.
By submitting a PSA to the 2022 Halloween PSA Challenge:
Due Date: Thursday, October 27, 2022, at the witching hour!
Here are the rules and procedures for the 2022 Halloween PSA Challenge
This project is a fun way to introduce filmmaking and build excitement for more involved projects to come.
High school PSA’s usually have common social themes (mainly bullying).
The Halloween PSA challenges students with specific rules and themes.
PSAs can be humorous or serious -- dealer’s choice. Have fun with it.
THEME FOR 2022
This year we are looking at science fiction-themed PSAs. Look for inspiration from the campy, cheesy, horror movies from the 50's, 60's, 70's, and 80's. This is a time when practical effects ruled. Here are some examples to get the creative mojo flowing:
Plan 9 from Outer Space
Village of the Damned
Killer Klowns from Outer Space
RULES FOR 2022
The 2022 Halloween PSA must be in Black and White.
90-Seconds or less. This includes any credits. 91-Seconds or more will be DQ’d.
The file size must be less than 300Mb (try exporting with mp4).
You must choose one of the themes listed below.
MUST include at least one extraterrestrial character.
TOPICS FOR 2022
Classic New Hampshire High School PSA Gold
Created by Pinkerton Academy students in 2017, this PSA uses a narrative storytelling method and features an epic voice-over, prop gags, a pinch of comedy, and appropriate music to deliver its message of awareness.
Pro tip: Notice how they fit two scenarios into the time allotted. Notice also how the theme "don't go into a stranger's home" gets more absurd in the second scenario. That's comedy gold.
Choose your topic and write down the reason why it is important.
Write down the reasons why the topic could be dangerous.
Write down how to overcome or make the topic less dangerous.
Develop a story that brings awareness to your topic.
Start with a statement like:
You may think being a Martian is easy... or;
When you are the last robot on Earth... or;
When you have been stuck in a spaceship for 900 days and everyone looks like...
Show the problem(s).
Throw in some random statistics like one in every five world-eaters suffers from IBS.
Create a Call To Action. This is what to do, who to call, or where to seek assistance for your problem.
A call to action can sound like this: If you are experiencing transdimensional phase-shifting, now there is help...
Create a logo and tagline for your solution.
End with a memorable image. For example, an alien sitting in a support group, with tears of relief.
Reference videos can be found in the PSA section here