Comments to Classmates!

There are a few I’d missed on my timeline for rough drafts! Although, I enjoyed the final products of each, I’m excited to comment on the original ideas you guys had! See comments below. (:

Nov 18 SarahJess–  I love the transitions chosen to represent how writing has developed over time.  I also, appreciate the back story about what superseded each event before the next rose to popularity and so on. In the video, the music was spot on for each image and it didn’t feel like a bland slide show, I can tell work was put into the snips and clips of each frame. Great start for your project!

Nov 18-Nik— After reading through and listening to your final draft, I can definitely understand why the final route was chosen. It was very ambitious and challenging to gather and strip the audio and then compile them with suitable clips or images without matching them. I ran into that issue. I really enjoyed that you approached those clips though, because it stood out from simply having an audio track and took a lot of work to transition I’m sure. That’s really what makes or breaks a video,good transitions both audio and visual, unless one can make up for the other. You stood up to the challenge and learned the ropes of audio, which was a good distinction in your project, which aided to the final visuals. Your concept is thorough, and because of it’s solid research and planning, it all worked out! Great job!

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Final: Concept In 60

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZutcR01bgg&feature=youtu.be

ABOUT MY CONCEPT

My Concept- in  60 video  is about the ways technology has improved our relationships with one another. However, I highlight how our reach through technology, makes our experience in person better as well. Human contact is an important part of life, because our humanity, our faith and common ground in that aspect of life is what makes our relationships to relatives and strangers so incredible and unique.

I begin with our first inventions of long distance communication devices, such as the telephone, telegrams, and motion cameras. These were all devices and systems that helped send information more conveniently. I toggle between our current devices and the devices we once used to show how far we’ve peaked in the world of communication, not only to loved ones or business partners, but to a mass of people. The influence technology has over how we communicate is very positive in my eyes, because it saves us from being isolated.

Over time technology has morphed and changed to become even more instantaneous with the production of messages and phone calls that go out each day. Time gets shorter as we progress in life and take on more responsibilities, but devices have adapted so that we are able to seize the moment and have contact with others. We no longer have to wait 10 minutes to be connected to another caller near or long-distance (which only counts now as long-distance if the call is out of the country) nor do we have to wait weeks for a message or letter to be sent. I reflect on these pieces by assorting them in an order that reflects how we’ve improved from pagers to text messages and Emails, from rotary phones to cellular phones that do not require the same method of production dialing. It is simpler in it’s display and in it’s versatility (ex. Speed dialing) and by emphasizing (with the map) that distances that once seemed far, no longer seem as such.

I go on to highlight why these devices are important in our culture. We lead busy all-consuming lives. Which I feel is a pressure felt by the speed of the video. Originally, I was going to include a clip, saying “Life is like a roller coaster, it moves fast” and include a clip of a roller coaster speeding through tracks, which would have then helped to spiral into the images I chose. But I felt it was cliché and insignificant to the development of the video, so I scrapped it and settled for the advice of using my time more wisely by cutting a few unnecessary transitions and fading effects, by including more of what these developments in communication has actually meant to me. In addition to this, I used devices, images, and videos I could relate to from the location of my living room, to emphasize the point of how technology helps us to feel less alone.

Ultimately, these devices and systems help to connect not only to each other, but also to a place in ourselves that preserves our humanity. Hence, the inclusion of the bear video. We’re able to expand on that feeling that we’re not alone, by witnessing compilations or trending articles about random acts of kindness or cute images that warm our hearts. We’ve either experienced one or produced it, and that positive commonality with other human beings in the world is an important connection we are all able to frequently experience via someone telling us about it, the internet, or reading about it from our cellphones, tablets, or laptops. We make connections in various ways each day by the communication devices available to us, with credit to whomever loaded the story or video and decided to share it with the world.

When we’re unable to see one another it can be difficult to experience certain events or holidays alone. Thanks to inventions such as Skype and Face time on our cellular phones, we are able to see those that mean the most to us during those times, for example birthdays, especially for children.

Sometimes we are unable to experience these communications daily, if at all, from those that mean the most and we are constantly on edge for when we’ll be able to see them again or for them to see us at pivotal moments in our lives. It is a positive addition to life that we have these devices and systems, but I like to think that in the end it leads us back to each other face-to face, and that nothing is better than having that group or person, well…in person. Without the advancements we’ve had in technology, I highly doubt it would be even remotely as simple or quick to arrange seeing or conversing with one other the way we do now.

MEETING THE STANDARDS

Core

  • I feel my video presents a clear message that we’ve developed in our use of communicative technology and it has improved our relationships with others near and far.
  • This is substantiated by the images chosen and the subtext between most of the clips that help the video to progress, until we witness human contact, after witnessing the various ways people have to keep in touch when not in person.
  • The controlling idea is that technology doesn’t keep us apart, but brings us closer together by focusing on the faith in humanity that lies in side most of us. By having access to these devices, they aid us in nurturing or close relationships, establishing new ones, and witnessing the success of others.

Form and Content

    • I feel there is always room for improvement. I feel there are better clips online I could have used that could have possibly made this a wholesome fluid video, consisting of strictly video. However, I feel I did a good job of using time wisely between the dialogue slides and the images/videos I chose. So that it wasn’t a slideshow, but it wasn’t a confusing arrangements of photos and videos.
    • My choices were deliberate, down to consideration of making sure it was precisely one minute (According to Youtube, that is) I am content with the speed of the video, as it helps exaggerate my point that these devices are necessary whether you’re trying to communicate with someone far away or just quickly checking in with a friend that isn’t as far. Time is essential and these inventions have enhanced it greatly.
    • Yes, I watched each clip without and then with sound and scrapped whatever was unnecessary. And the audio was chosen on the basis of the video is already fast-paces and having a non distracting sound of music in the background help to balance out how the video is perceived .

Audience

  • I felt the video was engaging to both the audience that appreciates the devices and for those who may wonder what benefits this technology actually provides. I including a variety of defenses and explanations (one, including a cute waving bear!) so that the impact can be seen both in serious points, as well as light ones.

Ethical Issues

  • Everything owned or compiled by someone else has been cited in the video and/or in the narrative below.

MAKING THE VIDEO

In Making this video, I kept it simple. Less room for error. I used Windows Movie Maker which was already installed on my laptop and edited clips of videos I found, adjusting speeds, times, and segments by splitting the clip or adjusting the starting and ending times. For the images, I chose common photos of devices that the target audience is familiar with.

I struggled with the audio until the very end. Originally I wanted something upbeat that I could time the images to, so that it didn’t feel so rushed. After I decided to keep that effect, I watched other videos about technology to obtain the feel they accomplishes and by seeing what type of music they used. So it came down to fifty’s music, the type you would have seen in commercials, but that felt too tutorial-like. So then I decided on classical, because it wasn’t distracting from the video, though I decided to cut the audio tracks from the clips I found, as they had no significant informative segments. By the time I’d compiled everything I wanted. I was happy with it.

EXAMPLES I REFERENCED

The examples I used as inspiration for my video were “The Digital Alarmists Are Wrong” by Christopher Chabris and Daniel Simons

I appreciate the viewpoint that technology is not the sole cause of our habit of rushing through important moments of communication in life. It is instead keeping up with the way we live. We have more responsibilities and events to shape our lives around and technology is a great asset to know how to work when complying to this common lifestyle and speed.

For my Concept I honed in on the idea that “for every way the Internet gives us to waste time, there is a way to increase the scope and diversity of our knowledge and to work collectively on problems.” Often, I see the negative effects addictions to the internet or our communication devices can have on our relationships with other people and consequently cause us to lose ourselves. But in my video I wanted to provide highlights of how technology brings us all back together, no matter the background device, or language, because we’ve become so advanced in these areas that we’re able to communicate across the board. The bottom line is that we have these devices at our use, it all depends on how and how often we choose to use them. I feel that if we’re more positive in our outlook about them, we would be more likely to see them as positive experiences in our life.

Citation:

Chabris, Christopher, and Daniel Simons. “Digital Alarmists are Wrong.” Los Angeles Times 07 25 2010, n. pag. Web. 4 Dec. 2013.

In The Video

Audio: “A Beautiful Day” by Roberto Dagilo

Videos:

“Now You Can Dial” by Charles E. Skinner

“Using CellPhones/3-Way on Blackberry”

“Using Yahoo on Cellphone”

“Restoring Faith in Humanity” compiled by AmazingLIFE247

“Skype Group Call 5.0” by Skype

“Soldier’s Coming Home” compiled by Zunigas King

UPDATE post.

Today And over break, until the exam) I will be working on the transitions for my video. I am incorporating the suggestion to cut some of my ‘fade in/out’ effects. So far it has worked for two clips, without moving too fast.

I am being wary of the text being cut too fast for the audience to read it and quickly process it before the next clip. Also, I have gathered more pictures and clips that compliment each other and don’t stick out too much.

To challenge myself, I am going to strip the voice of kid president and use it over another slide and possibly just incorporate his face and/or other inspirational figures of the internet and media.

By the end, I want to provide a positive and somewhat nostalgic reminder of how these communicative devices have shaped us and despite misuse and mishaps, we adore it.

Also, we will realize that we can all have a fluid communication with each other in whichever way we each choose, near or far. Ultimate goal: Make all of these ideas fit, without rushing it too much.

60 Sec Concept Video Draft

My Concept in 60 project will be about the positive influence new media can have on individuals and relationships.

The main media programs, devices, and websites I will highlight are Cellphones, Skype, Facebook, and Youtube

I feel with technology and media such as these, it is easier to connect with others and strengthen or establish positive relationships with family, friends, and even strangers (in opposition to what they are frequently used for).

Websites such as Upworthy/Youtube can be incredibly inspirational for a mass audience. It can provide a glimmer of hope and good faith in humanity…or it can demolish it. But I want to focus on the positive side of it in my video and the screen captures I find.

With Facebook/Blogs, it is possible to find old friends, or establish friendships with acquaintances you’ve just met. It is easier to post things that other people will find they have in common with you. It can provide a sense of unity and comfort that you are not alone in the world and that connection is only a click away.

Nowadays people are busier than ever, but on-the-go we now have Cellphones and coverage like never before. This makes it easier to at least keep familiar with voices that provide us with comfort and encouragement. It can provide us with a moment to remind us that no matter how crazy life gets, you can always count on a few words of wisdom from the right people in your life.

With Skype, staying connected tends to be more personalized. You are able to see those that may be far away, able to hear their voice, and able to truly pretend, for that moment, that they are right in front of you. You are able to lively show them what is going on, or how you feel, or even if you’ve remodeled your apartment. That instant connection and energy is a positive effect of technology like this.

I feel this project will connect to a variety of audiences, because everyone connects a different way. Some people like talking on the phone, others like being face to face, some like to chat now and again on social media sites (blogs included). But no matter the medium used, technology has a great potential to bring us closer when we’re not in person, than it does to distance us. None is better than the other, because it all depends on the relationship established, which is why I feel there is more of a positive influence in how people communicate than a negative. Because at least we have the ability to do this, than be isolated and not only lose contact with people, but also ourselves, not being able to see someone with similar features, opinions, expressions, etc.

I haven’t gathered and compiled all of them, but here are some of the ideas I have for the video. I realize it’s alot for 60 seconds, but it’s good to have these options and to choose which one fits best. And also, I can afford to trim some of the clips I ave incorporated thus far by a second or two, which will add up!

  • In the beginning of the video(not yet included):” We live in a busy time Life is like a roller coaster…[First person view of a fast  roller coaster ride]”…It moves fast.”…..
  • *Next clip* We’ve come a long way in ways to communicate since 1876
  • [picture of the worlds first telephone]….”A long way”….[Picture of Evolution of telephone to cellphones]
  • And everyone has their own way of communicating… [Picture of different ways to communicate]
  • “And it’s pretty cool….To reconnect” [Screen capture of a messenger]
  • To be inspired [Video snip of something inspiring; kid president]
  • To know there’s good in the world [screen capture of upworthy video; probably someone being saved from train tracks]
  • To not feel alone [Omegle feature]
  • To keep in touch [Skype call]
  • “To feel loved” [sentimental capture of mother and daughter]
  • End.

I will probably find a versatile instrument to go over the entire video. Something that isn’t too distracting when there is audio from a video clip, but is enough to take up the dead air between the clips.


Without further ado, I anticipate your feedback on how that translates in what I’ve compiled thus far and any thoughts you have about it! Thanks!

Response to ‘TIME after TIME’

I’m responding to this ma’am here.

Though there are still tabloids trashing celebrities and other people as though they do not have the same feelings, there has been a significant increase in media spreading positivity. Media can both exploit and create opportunities for experience in a variety of causes for illnesses, health benefits, awareness, etc. In online media it is easier for people to share opinions, expressions, experiences, etc. Often there are campaigns that request people like a photo a million times to gain it popularity for a cause. I can definitely vouch for the boundary of sadness I’m willing to sit through and  how likely I am to return/research the subject. I can appreciate the psychology behind the presentation. Overall, though I think Media is being used for better uses other than ranting and bullying, which is awesome.