Learn all you can from the mistakes of others. You won’t have time to make them all yourself. ~Alfred Sheinwold
Believe me; you won’t have time to make too many mistakes when you’re creating videos, especially when you only have a short amount of time to create them.
As I approach the end of the semester, I would like to reflect on the three videos that I have produced. I hope that my reflections will help you improve your videos. You can read about my successes and avoid making my mistakes.
I have learned that creating a good video takes time and skill. Since video is an audiovisual medium, videographers must make sure that the sound is clear and that the images are appropriate and vivid.
The following are critiques of my videos. These critiques are compilations of my observations and the feedback that I received from
- Andrew Haworth, videographer for The State newspaper;
- Claudia Smith Brinson, instructor for Writing 390A;
- and my classmates.
That feedback that was helpful to me, and I hope that my video analyses will help you create high-quality, interesting videos.
Please view each video before you read the comments about it.
Video #1: School’s In
- The audio was clear and easy to understand.
- The school bell sound effect at the beginning of the movie was appropriate and inviting.
- The images were clear, especially the closeup of the pencils, which appeared at the beginning of the video.
- The images were appropriate or relevant to the topic of education. I photographed objects that are associated with education, such as desks, a chalkboard, books and pencils.
What didn’t work?
- My voiceover was not animated or engaging.
- The music at the end of the video was unnecessary and too loud.
- This video contained too many still images. It seemed more like a slideshow and less like a video.
- The video was created by using a template in Imovie ‘09, so much of the editing was not my own. Using the template prevented me from being artistic and creative, from signing my signature on my artwork.
Video #2: A Colorless Life
- The sound effects (clock ticking, alarm clock womping, and boing sound) were appropriate.
- The titles were short and legible.
- The closeup shot of the girl’s face was inviting and illustrated her boredom. That shot consistently appeared between each activity. Therefore, it served as a divider between scenes and main points.
- The cutaway shots of the girl doing chores, such as washing dishes and cleaning the bathroom, were creative.
What didn’t work?
- The sound effects and the music were too loud.
- The format of the text was inconsistent. The titles and typefaces at the end of the movie did not match the titles at the end of the movie. That inconsistency can distract the viewer.
- The end of the movie did not directly contrast with the black and white nature of the first part of the movie. It failed to illustrate the colorful life of a student who chose to go to college. The final video clips should have been vivid and should have shown the girl getting out of bed, putting on her backpack, and smiling while heading to class.
- The credits at the end of the movie were hard to read because they scrolled by too quickly.
Video #3: A World of Experiences at Riverbanks
- It was easy to hear and understand Lindsay Burke.
- The background music was appropriate and played at a suitable, rather than a distracting volume.
- The animal shots were attractive, especially the ones with the penguins.
- The cutaway shots during Lindsay Burke’s speech were effective and eliminated the “talking head” effect.
What didn’t work?
- The animals’ life support machine was humming in the background while Lindsey Burke was speaking. (It was hard to find a quiet place at the zoo. When the animals weren’t making noise, the visitors were, and vice versa.)
- Many of the animal shots were stationary, shots such as the one of the cow and the llama, the turkey, the koala and the lion.
- Amongthe advantages and purposes of video are showing movement, and this video did not capture much movement. Two shots that did show animals moving appeared at the end of the video, but they were hidden by text.
Thanks for reading my blog.
Please post your feedback on any or all of my videos.
I will post a mini-documentary about Riverbanks on April 29, 2010. So stay tuned for that!