How has it been going, you may ask?
It has been very time consuming, to say the least.
For my repurposing project, I am creating a video on the ailment that is epilepsy. As a result, the research I am doing has been divided into two categories: theme and form. For the theme, I have to investigate what epilepsy is, how others perceive the disease, and common misconceptions. Despite the technological advances of the world today, we still have not uncovered everything there is to know about the disease; in fact, there is still a lot more we are attempting to understand. With this being a disease that is very much an enigma to the scientific community, there has been an insurmountable amount of research done on this topic. A fair amount of these research papers often come up as traditional academic research, most often in the form of lab reports.
Long, technical, scientific, dry lab reports.
Fortunately, I don’t have to peruse through lab reports for the entirety of my project. This is where the second aspect of my research comes in, where I analyze the form I want to create my project around. Since I am deciding to repurpose a memoir into a satirical informational/news video, I have been able to watch Last Week Tonight with John Oliver and pass it off as doing research. So, I consider my project topic to be exciting in that regard.
With regards to any difficulties I anticipate to face while I am researching, I currently cannot think of any that cannot be overcome. One concern could be the quality of the materials I utilize for my project, but I am not too worried about this.
Personally, I am excited to learn about creating videos. I have not had the chance in my academic career to do a video project all on my own, so figuring out how to create a video to my liking will be a challenge I look forward to facing. I believe that learning how to create videos like this will help broaden my perspective on media and writing through a creative and fun medium.