Video Storytelling, Part I

We had two snow days, after the three day weekend this week. Fun to play in the snow with the kids– only happens every couple of years.

Young Last weekend, our family worked together to help my son complete his “Life of the Chinook Salmon” project. The assignment was to do a presentation about his research this week, but he could chose to do a stand up talk, a slide show, a poster or a video.

My son had done a video project about a hamster a couple of years ago, and he decided to “step up” to the next stage of video production: informative animation. It took several evenings for him to draw and paint different backgrounds and different versions of his fish to show their development. Then there was a scary seal head, pollution and other natural hazards. His script for the project was about three pages single spaced.

During the video production, I ran the camera, his mother and sister were stage hands for the animation, and he was the narrator and director. Using his fishing rod, and his fish drawings on sticks, we video taped his animated life story from egg to spawn. Since we don’t have a DV camcorder, we simply “crash edited” from the source tape to a new VHS tape later in the day.

It was a fun project– especially his artwork and how he chose to use it in the production. His script was also very detailed and fun. As noted before, fishing is his passion.

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