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Category judging criteria 2015

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Judging criteria

The criteria information below provides you with expert-level criteria components of each DigiAward category. It is important that these criteria are shared with your students and used at the design, development, and critiquing stages of their entries. The judging panel will also use the criteria to select successful entries and ultimate winners of each category and age group.

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Movie making

Make a movie that shares the way you are “being the change” you want to see in the world, and holds the audience’s attention from beginning to end. Your movie, documentary, report, or digital story should be no more than three minutes long and demonstrate excellent camera-work, editing, dialogue or narration, plus background music that enhances the story.

Movie making judging criteria

Compelling: The story/movie has a compelling message and easily holds audience attention from beginning to end.

  • The movie makes a connection with the audience — it makes them laugh, learn something new; it surprises, helps us “walk in someone else's shoes”; it makes us feel proud or wonder. It is a response to this year’s theme, “Be the Change”.
  • There is a well-defined plot. Techniques have been used to set the mood, present characters and relationships, and determine actions and responses within the movie.
  • Video processes, such as establishing/long/close-up shots, have been used to establish settings and character relationships.
  • Dynamic dialogue or visual choices have been made to interest the audience.
  • The performances by the actors/animation are very engaging, entertaining, and compelling.

Technical: Lighting, audio/sound, photography, editing are effectively used to enhance the movie.

  • Lighting is used creatively and effectively.
  • Audio is flawless and well balanced. It uses high quality dialogue, ambient sound, music and/or sound effects effectively.
  • Camera work is outstanding, using shots and angles to provide impact.
  • Editing is effectively used to enhance message.
  • Graphics/titles are well positioned and used to enhance the topic or message.

Creativity: The movie displays originality and creativity in both the narrative and video production.

  • Outstanding skill and demonstration of imaginative and creative video production techniques.
  • Superior attempt in creating an engaging narrative/story.
  • Imaginative skill in showing mood, style, and artistic interpretation.

Download the Movie Making judging sheet (PDF, 264KB)


Green screen

If you want to see change in the world but don’t have a ticket to travel you can move characters or people around in a world that is projected onto a green screen. This could be a future or past world, use your imagination to create a place you would love to be a part of.

Green screen judging criteria

Compelling: Your green screen masterpiece is so realistic that your audience feels completed transported to the location in time, space or imagination. 

  • Green screen images clearly relate to the theme “Be the Change” and the chosen location in time and space. 
  • Green screening shows evidence of pre-planning. e.g. Storyboarding to ensure all aspects of actors movement, lighting, props etc have been considered prior to production. 
  • Music or sound effects chosen are appropriate to the storyline chosen and compliment the images used. 

Technical: Green screen techniques used result in a realistic look and feel.

  • Green screen technique shows a variety of camera angles have been used rather than having the actor(s) facing the front the whole time. 
  • Green screen lighting is consistent (preferably flat even lighting). 
  • Actor(s) move around in the green screen environment in a realistic way that suits the chosen location in time, space or imagination. 
  • There are no shadows on the green screen due to creases, bends or folds in the green screen cloth. 
  • The actor(s) are positioned far enough away from the screen to avoid creating shadows. 
  • There are clean edges between the actor(s) and the background (but not too much of the actor has been removed).
  • There is little motion blur when the actor(s) move. 
  • Actor(s) use a variety of props to make the green screen environment look and feel more realistic. 
  • Green screen uses special effects to engage the audience and the effects used are appropriate to the chosen location in time and space.

Creativity: The green screen displays originality and creativity in the narrative, video production and world created.

  • Actor(s) use a variety of props to make the green screened environment look and feel more realistic. 
  • Green screen uses special effects to engage the audience, and the effects used are appropriate to the chosen location in time and space.
  • Outstanding skill and demonstration of imaginative and creative video production techniques.
  • Superior attempt in creating an engaging narrative/story.
  • Imaginative skill in showing mood, style, and artistic interpretation.

Download the Green Screen judging sheet (PDF, 262KB)


Digital sandpit

Do you enjoy playing in a digital sandpit — robotics, coding, app development, games, digital worlds, exploring the digital maker culture? This category has been created for innovative kids to show off their latest digital creations and learn from the creations of others.

Digital sandpit judging criteria

  • Novel applications of technologies have been used.
  • Exceptional artisan spirit and perseverance in prototyping.
  • High level of knowledge, abilities and skill are evident in your product.
  • Technology has been creatively and effectively explored.
  • A high level of quality thinking and problem solving is apparent.
  • Outstanding skill in developing the product/creation is evident.
  • Imaginative skill in the ‘digital sandpit’.
  • New knowledge and skills to help develop creation.
  • Evidence of prototype testing with an authentic audience.
  • Several versions of prototypes have contributed to the final product.

Download the Digital Sandpit judging sheet (PDF, 251KB)


Website creation

Develop a website that explains, explores or encourages positive change. Be original in your concept, content and design. Your website can contain a range of media including blogs, video, polls, etc.

Website creation judging criteria

Compelling:

  • Very strong understanding of who the site was created for. All elements of the site are engaging and appropriate for the target audience.
  • The message is clear.
  • The site is inspiring the theme “Be the Change”.
  • Content is fresh, original and insightful.
  • In-depth research calls on a wide variety of resources which are appropriately credited.

Technical:

  • Graphics/titles are well positioned and used to enhance the topic or message.
  • Website has added elements to engage the viewer.
  • Thoughtful use of colour, fonts and images has been used.

Creativity:

  • Crafted in a creative and original way, the website has used a mix of tools or medium and/or has shown a high level of skill or technique.
  • Outstanding skill in developing and showcasing information relevant to the theme “Be the Change”.
  • Technology has been creatively and effectively explored to enhance the website.

Download the Website Creation judging sheet (PDF, 259KB)


Digital art

Using a digital-art form such as graphic design, digital photos (altered or unaltered), animation, comics or a photo-story, celebrate and illustrate "Be the Change" using good composition, emotion, or digital techniques.

Digital art judging criteria

Compelling: The digital art displays a high level of understanding of visual imagery. It captures the audience and creates a ‘vibe’.

  • It is immediately eye catching — has the ‘WOW’ factor!
  • There is excellent composition, relationship, and flow between the elements within the artwork.
  • Illustrates clearly an emotion, event, or story, in a compelling and powerful way.
  • Demonstrates excellent photography or artistic techniques.
  • An appropriate, thought-provoking title adds impact to the digital artwork.

Technical: Digital technology has been used creatively to achieve a particular look or focus on the theme of "Be the Change".

  • Colour, line, texture, composition, and visual effects have been used creatively and effectively.
  • Graphics/titles are well positioned and used to enhance the message.
  • Traditional artistic and technology skills have been combined effectively.

Creativity: Originality and creativity are seen in the artwork.

  • Crafted in a creative and original way, the art has used a mix of tools or medium, and/or has shown a high level of skill or technique.
  • Outstanding skill in developing visual or design elements relevant to the theme “Be the Change”.
  • Imaginative skill in showing mood, style and artistic interpretation of the theme “Be the Change”.

Download the Digital Art judging sheet (PDF, 261KB)