GMU Weeks 6&7: Telling Stories in Video

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Here is the topic most students find both the most challenging and/or rewarding portion of ds106: video. It presents challenges with file formats, creating more complex narratives, and working with more complicated software.

But it is also one of the most engaging forms of media — hence the current statistic that in the span of one minute, more than 72 100 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube.

Before jumping into video editing, you will spend some time first looking critically at some cinema techniques. Read the rest of this post for details about the work for this unit as we learn to “read” movies. Then you will be completing your own video stories, from start to YouTube– this unit is two weeks long, so plan your time accordingly.


Ken Burns: On Story from Redglass Pictures on Vimeo.

Ken Burns is much more than an overused editing effect in iMovie- hear him talk about what makes a good story in video, how he looks for 1 + 1 equaling 3.

We have a double dose of inspiration!

This video was made by Rachel, a 2012 UMW Student. Isn’t it inspiring?

Ready Your Tools

Reading Movies

Look, Listen, Analyze

Bringing That Foley Assignment Back to Life

Section Title

Ongoing: Storified and Non Storified Content and Commenting

Weekly Summary Checklist

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