Do you have what it takes to become The University of New Mexico’s top video Creative Jam storyteller?

UNM’s Honors College and IT have partnered with Adobe to host a campus-wide Creative Jam LIVE. A creative jam is an opportunity for students in any department to build communities, strengthen problem solving approaches and develop creative skills.

This summer, UNM became an Adobe Creative Campus, allowing students to install Adobe applications and editing software on their own computers and devices to create, edit and publish content.

This two-part competition will begin Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019. Students will be placed in teams of four and compete in a fast-paced, live competition using video storytelling application, Adobe Premiere Rush. Students interested in participating in the Creative Jam competition are encouraged to get familiar with all the applications accessible through Adobe Creative Cloud. However, no prior experience is needed as students will go through a crash-course in Premiere Rush before they receive their prompt.

The event will be held in the Forum at Honors College. Registration is now open to all students.

Two Part Jam Schedule:

  1. A hands-on Adobe Rush workshop will kickoff the event and teams will receive a prompt related to the concept of Species in Peril Along the Rio Grande. Thursday, Nov. 14 from 5-7:30 p.m.
  2. Each team has one week to form an idea, shoot video, write, design and build their projects.
  3. Teams will submit their projects and present to a panel of judges for a chance to win up to $250. Thursday, Nov. 21 from 5-7:30 p.m.

Students will also spend time with guest presenter, Tom Miller. Miller is a well-known documentary filmmaker and founder of the film company, Pretty Good Productions. Most of Miller’s work surrounds climate change, including his three-part series Our Place on Earth.

"The Adobe Creative Jam is an opportunity to cultivate interdisciplinary dialogues and foster creative output with students across campus,” Associate Professors Megan Jacobs and Amaris Feland Ketcham said. “Students will learn the video editing software Adobe Rush, but more broadly they will work collaboratively to articulate how climate change impacts their lives and communities, and they will have their creative efforts evaluated by a team of nationally recognized filmmakers."

Students will be evaluated on their storytelling strengths and video production quality. Judges will award the top three groups shortly after each group has presented. Top groups will be awarded monetary prizes with the top prize being $250 for each group member.

Prize winners will receive VISA gift cards:

  1. First place: $250 each
  2. Second place: $150 each
  3. Third place: $50 each

The event will be live-streamed on Facebook. Once students register, they’ll receive details about how to participate in the event.

Registration is limited to university students, therefore a campus email is required at the time of registration. Students must register by Nov. 11 at midnight.