Guidelines for Competition Entries

August 15, 2017 is the deadline for all submissions. Follow all instructions on the website for submitting your entry. Works are expected to incorporate all five screens: how is up to you. Total duration not to exceed 7 minutes.

Content will be judged according to:

  • Overall impact
  • Imaginative use of the PUPP
  • How it addresses the Bicentennial theme Creating and Inventing

A 3D-modeled simulation of the PUPP is available for download from the website (PC or Mac). This model will let you attach your video files to the 5 screens so you can preview your work and view it from any direction as you rotate the model.

As shown in the illustrations on the website, screens are numbered 1-5. Your final submission must include five separate movie files, one for each screen.

File Naming Convention: <YourLastName>+<ScreenNumber>
(For example: Sparling1, Sparling2, Sparling3, Sparling4, Sparling5)

Video File Specifications:

  • Exact same length for each file (include black as needed)
  • 1280 x 720 resolution
  • H.264 video encoding
  • .mov, .mp4, or .m4v file type
  • Stereo audio track included, even if silent

As shown in the illustrations on the web site, each screen has its own set of stereo speakers. The same tracks can appear on all files or each file/screen/speaker system can have its own independent set of audio tracks. You are free to design your audio the way you like, or the use no sound at all.

Announcement of six finalists and three prize winners will be made on September 23. All six finalists' works will be screened at the Third Century Expo October 26-28, 2017.

Filming and editing for multiple screens is a formidable challenge for any video or film artist. A “Helpful Tips” video will be available in September.  One suggested method would be to make a master file showing all five screens side by side to assure proper synchronization and relationship then duplicating that project file five times to re-scale and isolate materials for each screen 1-5.  For further information on guidelines, contact Peter Sparling at

Available Resources

Instructional Support Services (ISS)
2001 Modern Languages Building (MLB). 812 Washington Street. Ann Arbor, MI 48109. 

Digital Media Commons
Duderstadt Center. 2281 Bonisteel Boulevard. Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2094. 
(734) 763-3266


Please fill in the form below and click submit to access the Box Folder.
The PUPP VISUALIZER is a standalone pre-visualization tool for simulating audio and video playback of submission content on a virtual model of the PUPP. We recommend to use this tool to preview your work before submitting. For technical support, please email: 

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