Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q.  Do we need to scan and send standard talent release sheets from everyone who appears in the video, even if they are just in the background or a crowd shot?

A.  The talent release is for anyone with a principal role and/or speaking part in the final production. If your program doesn’t have those roles, then talent releases won’t be required; individuals in crowd scenes do not need to sign a release. A release form is not required from adult faculty members. If release forms are needed, you may use your standard district release or TASB's sample release form.


Q.  If a student created the song, does he or she need to also sign the talent release from? 

A.  Student-produced music should have a signed talent release just as a speaking role would.

Q.  Are we allowed to use a song and substitute words for the video? 

A.  Short answer, no. Long answer, a work isn’t parody unless it critiques or comments on the original song or songwriter. If they’re using the tune and changing the words for a different message, it’s likely not parody and there are copyright implications – and, as we know, copyright infringement versus parody/fair use is very fact-specific and you don’t really know if you’ve crossed the line unless you successfully defend a copyright infringement suit. Regardless, students should ask the song’s author for permission to use the song (especially if it’s something we might be using.)

Q.  Can students receive assistance on the filming and editing of the video? 

A.  Yes, it is fine for them to have assistance on the filming and editing of the video. When you submit your entry, outline what role the middle school students played and what parts were done by others. If the others are students in another school, also note that.

Do you have a question that is not listed here? If so, please e-mail for assistance.

Entry Rule Highlights

  • Participating school district must be an active member of TASB.
  • There is no entry fee.
  • The video must be an original work. 
  • Video entries should be between 30 seconds and two minutes in length.
  • Written permission must be obtained for all copyrighted or trademarked materials.
  • Entries will be accepted December 1, 2016-January 13, 2017.*
  • Contest participation must be approved by the campus principal. 
  • A student producer/director and sponsoring teacher must be designated. 
  • A written release is required from each person distinctly featured or involved in the production of the video. 
* Deadlines may be extended by TASB and notice of any extended deadline will be published on TASB’s website.