Week Four-Video Storytelling


1. Reflecting on Roger Ebert’s “How to Read a Movie” and several videos on movie-making.

Perspective, Perspectives

2. Reflecting on a scene from “American Psycho.”

A Triple Take on American Psycho

Daily Creates





Video Assignments

1. Self Documentary- This was definitely my favorite assignment of the week, summer camp is a big part of my life at the moment and it seems to be the only thing I really talk about anymore, it’s something I want to share with the world. This assignment was worth 4 stars.

Summer Camp Matters

2. Time Lapse Activity- In this assignment, I finally fulfilled my dream of cleaning my room up at super sonic speed, ain’t technology amazing? This assignment was worth 4.5 stars.

Your Room is a Mess


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Video Storytelling

This week was even more fun than the audio storytelling week. In comparing the power of visual storytelling to that of just audio storytelling, I can easily understand why movie video has prevailed over just about every other form of storytelling. In my own projects, particularly the Self Documentary assignment about my job as a camp counselor, my story came to life so easily because of all the senses that the media accessed. It didn’t hurt, either, that I was using my roommate’s high quality iPhone 7 camera.
Creating the content for this week’s assignments went smoothly. I had expected at some point to be very frustrated with editing, but the projects I chose did not require a lot of alterations to the footage I collected. I did struggle somewhat with the iMovie tools and was unable to splice a sequence of film the way that I wanted to but the final project came out the way I had hoped.
My reflections and movie reading attempts were extremely enjoyable. I have always loved film and I want to learn more about producing it and analyzing it. I hope to one day take a film study course, but until then the advice of Roger Ebert was very insightful. Although I found his writing a little difficult to follow, the lesson on intrinsic weighting was very useful, and I immediately recognized its effects in the movies that I have watched since. I think that I will probably approach film much differently than I have in the past now that I have learned a little more about the analysis process.
In the future, I would love to spend a little more time on video production, I may even want to attempt to create scripted videos. I hope to invest more in the audio portion of film, working on a musical score and adding in some sound effects. I think that my projects were effective and are enjoyable to watch but I definitely wish I had planned a little better for my documentary project. I had a general idea of what I wanted to capture, but I was not prepared for what the project entailed and in the end I think the project had a lot of potential that it did not fulfill. Nevertheless, I am proud of what I produced this week and I am looking forward to incorporating what I learned through video production into my final project.
With this course coming to a close, I want to revisit my projects that I have produced so far and find some points that I want to improve upon, and use those as goals for my final project. Although I am not planning on following a fictional character, I may want to incorporate and aspect of fiction into my work. I want to start early since the assignments will be due sooner in the week than usual, to ensure that I still produce high quality projects. Ultimately, I’m hoping that by combining the four topics we have worked through during this course, that I can produce a compelling and exciting final project that would be interesting to all consumers. At this point in the course, I feel like I have learned an exceptional amount of skills that I will be able to use in the future, and I’ve also regained some of my artistic instinct. I’m excited to see where that will take me next week for the final project, and beyond.

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