Video Trial

“Although writing often goes into the creation of a video or song, the video and song as an entity should not be classified as writing.”

This is quote a from my first blog post in the Minor in Writing gateway blog, which was written almost two months ago. As I now begin the process of remediating my creative nonfiction piece into a whiteboard animation video, I feel confident in saying my views of writing have broadened. I cannot, however, discredit the argument I presented in my first blog post; I had simply never been challenged to stretch my views of writing. But the gateway course has changed that, and I am particularly excited about this remediation project as it will surely challenge me in new and unexpected ways.

Furthermore, I began the remediation process–and it surely is a process–by writing a script for my video. The script is essentially a condensed version of my creative nonfiction piece, along with various new ideas and arguments mixed in along the way. My goal is to create a video that is more informational in nature than my repurposed creative nonfiction piece. I therefore cut out the personal anecdotes and strongly opinionated portions of the repurposing piece and replaced them with more concrete evidence and examples. This required researching various facts and trends to more holistically cover the topic of preventative healthcare. Fortunately, the research process was straightforward since I had already explored the topic prior to starting my repurposing project. Overall, I focused on clarity and simplicity when writing the script for my video in order to create an accessible, understandable argument for the audience.

iMovie platform on Mac
The audio and video segments must be aligned perfectly, which can be challenging.

The next step following the creation of my script and storyboard was to explore the hardware and software necessary to actually construct the video. I plan on using iMovie to edit the clips together because I have used this software before, and I remember it being rather simple. However, when I tried joining a few clips together this past weekend, I came upon many potential challenges. For example, the timing of the video in relation to the audio must be perfect in order to create a cohesive, professional video. Based on my trial run, I foresee this being the biggest challenge when it comes to editing. I look forward to further exploring new hardware and software in the creation of my whiteboard animation video.

2 thoughts to “Video Trial”

  1. Hey Jeremy,

    I think we are facing some of the same challenges with this project. We both seem to be at a crossroads where the next step is just getting the film footage but we don’t want the film to not fit with the iMovie software and then have to re-film or choose a new method of doing this project. And let me tell you, I have hesitant. I don’t want to waste time because I know my footage will take 3 or 4 hours to collect but I know that I have to collect the images soon or I will run into a time, and possibly, technology crunch which I am not overly interested in experiencing. I know iMovie has its list of flaws. I got the chance to talk to a guy who is really good at iMovie in class on Tuesday. I think you should definitely consider reaching out to him to figure out how to trouble shoot your problems. He is really knowledgable in that kind of stuff!!
    Best of luck and keep me posted!
    -Caroline

  2. I’m really excited to see how your video turns out. It’s interesting that you say it’s going to be a more formal, researched info piece in comparison to your article. I think, however, that it’ll still be able to achieve a sort of charm with the ‘illustrations’ you’re voicing over to parallel what any anecdotes in your article did to bring readers in. You have such a shiny plan! Good luck with the audio situation, though.

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