Guidelines for PSA PSAs are for the public benefit. Your PSA should:
work to change behavior (ex. get people to wear seat belts)
appeal to the emotions (ex. Native American sheds a tear at the site of all the trash)
have your catchy slogan
have an action - in our case refer people to your Weebly site for additional info
not have your name on it; it's a professional piece so do NOT put your name on it or "thanks for watching'
exactly 30 or 60s - one second off is okay.
Samples of PSAs
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)- General Q: Can we all work on both together? A: Yes or you can split the task up.
Q: What if I don't have a computer or equipment to do a video? A: Do it during lunch in my room. I'm available every day except for Wednesday. You can also come in during advisory. Just let me know ahead of time so I get computers. If you need a particular number (iMovie), you need to tell me ahead of time.
Q: Do both videos have to include the slogan? A: Yes. They have to have the same slogan. Try to have other similar messages or wording. It makes for a stronger campaign.
Q: Can I use music that I purchased on iTunes? A: No. Although you own it, you do not own the rights to use it. However, you may an existing tune and create your own lyrics. When you take a piece and "transform" it, then it falls under the fair use policy.
Q: Can we use pictures from the Internet? A: Yes. You can you photos from the Internet but you must put a bibliography at the end. If you are doing a PSA, the bibliography does NOT count as part of your 30 or 60s. In other words, when you finish your PSA, the video will be a little longer than 30 or 60s.
Q: How do I share the video or PSA? A: Videos need to be saved as a Quicktime video or MP4. They can be brought in on a disk, flashdrive or shared electronically. If you email or share it electronically, you do need to include your name(s) and period code (alpha, beta, gamma or omega) and the project name in the file name. Ex. Beta Soil PSA Maggie S.
Q: Can I get help from other people in different classes? A: Yes. You are trying to create a movement. If you have others that support your vision (or maybe they are just friends and want to help you out), that's fine.
Q: Is there any way that we are supposed to divide the task up? A: There is no correct way to divide up who does the PSA and who does the 3-5 minute video. You can all work on both or one person can do the PSA and the others can do the 3-5 minute video.
Q: If more than one person wants to do a PSA, can we have two PSA? A: Yes, BUT only if other members in your group will do the 3-5 minute video. All groups need to submit at least one PSA AND one 3-5 minute video. It's totally fine to submit two PSAs and one 3-5 minute video. Remember to record who is committing to what on your "slogan and campaign" document so it is clear who is responsible for which pieces and who is working solo and who is working with a partner or team.
Q: What if we divided the tasks and the part they are supposed to do, like the PSA, doesn't get done. Does that affect my grade? A: No. You will only be graded on the parts that you committed to do.
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