This unit we enter 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 dealing 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, we want you to spend some time first looking critically at the video form itself. Read the rest of this post for details about the work for this unit as we learn to “read” movies. We are not trying to turn you into movie critics, the goal is just to practice noticing the details and techniques used in cinema.
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.
The Apple 1984 Commercial that introduced the Macintosh is one of the most famous of its kind, for its style and message (If somehow you missed it, watch the commercial now, it will take you 60 seconds).
In the interview below, Director Ridley Scott described it as a full film story in a 60 second container. Footage includes shots on the set, props, storyboards, and gives fascinating insight into what production includes.
The ds106 Open Course
It’s always on and never ends (learn more…)
- About This Non-Course Course
- Open ds106 Syllabus
- Unit 1: Bootcamp
- Unit 2: Getting Through Bootcamp / Personal Cyber Infrastructure
- Unit 3: What Mean Ye Digital Storytelling?
- Unit 4: Listening to Audio
- Unit 5: Telling Stories in Photos
- Unit 6: It’s All By Design
- Unit 7: Advanced Audio And Radio Show Production
- Unit 8: Telling Stories Within the Web
- Unit 9: Reading Movies
- Unit 10: Making Movies
- Unit 11: ximeR and M@$#up
- Unit 12: Final Project and Wrap Up
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