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2021 Virtual Poetry Slam- Added Rules

Taking The Competition Online

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Filming Requirements

How to film an LTAB performance

Filming requirements:

  • 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.

  • Make sure you are the only visible and audible person in the video. No audience applause is allowed. If you have a video from a previous performance that includes an audience, we will trim out audience applause where possible.

  • The sound and picture should be as clear as you can make them.

  • Videos cannot be edited. Do not add music, graphics, titles, virtual backgrounds, or computer animation.

  • Use of professional recording studios is prohibited.

  • For video submission contests, each recitation requires its own separate video.



  • Stand in front of a neutral background, if possible. Try to 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.

  • Use a microphone, if possible. If the microphone is on the camera, position the camera close to you.

  • Start recording a few seconds before the recitation and stop recording 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.

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