How to Film a Recitation
Watch a teacher and student film a recitation.
- Each recitation requires its own separate video.
- Videos must be filmed in the presence of a teacher.
- Each video should be filmed in one single shot and from one static angle.
For each recitation video, the student should be:
- standing and facing the camera, head to mid-torso (medium shot)
- in front of a plain background
- sure that no school insignia or visual representations of any kind are visible
- the only visible and audible person in the video
- The sound and picture must be clear.
- Videos cannot be edited.
- Do not add music, graphics, titles, or computer animation.
- Videos that do not respect our requirements will be disqualified.
- Students must begin by stating the title of the poem and the poet’s name only.
- A student’s own editorial comments before or after the poem are not allowed.
- Poems must be recited from memory.
- In the English and French prize streams, one poem must be 25 lines or shorter. For the 2016/17 competition, one poem must be written by a Canadian poet. (Our pre-20th century requirement doesn’t apply this year.) The same poem may be used to meet both criteria. Please note that these criteria do not apply to the Bilingual prize stream.
- Avoid excessive use of hand gestures.
- Avoid character accents.
- Start recording a few seconds before the recitation and stop recording a few seconds after the end.
- Students may look directly into the camera, at a fixed spot, or at an imagined audience.
- Use a tripod or secure the camera on a shelf.
- Use a microphone, if possible. If the microphone is on the camera, position the camera close to the student.
- Watch the video after you film it. Be sure to check the accuracy of the recitation. If you’re not happy with the video, film it again.
- Use the poem title to name the video when you save it.