Video Storytelling, Part II

Something interesting happened about half-way through my film and video course this semester.

The students had created three creative pieces in the first half of the semester, but before their “independent project” I decided to assign an interview piece. They were to choose a topic and then interview at least three other people about it. At least one voice over was required, and each interviewee was to be identified by a title the first time they talked. We watched parts of the Sundance movie Indenpendents’ Day for an example of an interview movie.

VideomakingI thought this could be a two or three week project. It ran longer and longer, but I felt that the students were doing good work. Most are pretty devoted to the topics they picked, and how to represent the interview materials from others. After doing creative pieces, this was more of a non-fiction piece, and I sensed they wanted to do well. At the same time, it was obviously more difficult for them.

So, as it turns out, the interview project became the final project of the course. One student’s project is “what was your dream,” with interviews of many faculty and staff, for example. Another project is “work during school.”

Next year, it might be fun to consider a whole class collaborative project, with three or four students devoted to the editing and creation of the piece, and the rest of the students filming and conducting the interviews. I’d like to think we could finish it sooner (maybe), but having all students collaborate on the same project could be fun.

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