So we just finished the Remediation Project, WHOO HOO! Who would’ve thought? When we were introduced to this project back in September, I remember wondering how the heck I was going to pull something like this off. I’ve talked about my bewilderment with the new media stuff in a writing class in previous blog posts, so I’ll just fast forward to how I’m feeling about it all post-project. I think working with video a bit this semester has opened a new door in writing for me. I’m still a fan of the traditional “Word Document, on-paper” writing format, but there’s something really cool about actually seeing your words acted out in a video. Writing for a video is much more deliberate than writing just for the sake of writing. You actually have to say what you mean, you can’t just expect a reader to imagine it all. It forces you to be clear and direct about what you are envisioning. But that also means that the viewer sees exactly what you intended them to see. Video gives you a much greater sense of control, which can be daunting, because it means you have a lot more responsibility, but that’s really neat at the same time. Video also changes the way certain lines or scenes are conveyed. The way the actors convey a few lines can make them much funnier than if readers were just to see those lines on a page. It make me wonder if it would be worth it to write much more deliberately and explicitly in traditional writing- to make the reader to see exactly what you want them to see. Maybe Hemingway had the right idea. I don’t know, but I’ve definitely caught the bug for new media writing since doing this project and it’s made me think more about how I write in general.