• Film with a horizontal orientation.
• Face the camera so it captures your head to mid-torso (medium shot).
• Each recitation should be filmed in one single shot from one static angle.
• The sound and picture must be clear.
• Videos cannot be edited. Do not add music, graphics, titles, virtual backgrounds, or computer
• Use of professional recording studios is prohibited.
• For video submission contests, each recitation requires its own separate video.
• Students must begin by stating the title of the poem, poet’s name, and translator, if applicable.
• A student’s own editorial comments before or after the poem are not allowed.
• Poems must be recited from memory.
• For more details regarding the evaluation criteria, please consult the Teacher’s Guide.
• People with Disabilities who may need special assistance, please contact the Arts Council of Placer County: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tips to Make Recording Easy!
• Stand in front of a neutral background and avoid wearing clothing in similar colors to the background.
• Do not place light sources behind you to avoid being backlit.
• Students may look directly into the camera, at a fixed spot, or at an imagined audience.
• Make sure you are the only visible and audible person in the video.
• Use a microphone, if possible. If the microphone is on the camera, position the camera close to the
• Start recording a few seconds before the recitation and stop a few seconds after the end.
• For video submission contests, check with the contest organizer if there are file size limits to
videos and if there is a preferred naming convention to save your videos.
• Examples of student filmed POL recitations can be found on the POL YouTube page.