I just finished a Ted Talk that featured youtube video-producing superstar Zach King. There are a couple of things from this little talk that sparked some interest. First, any Tom, Dick, or 13-year-old has the ability and tools to create movies, and second, that in this age of super and duper special affects, good videos and movies are a result of only one thing: a good story.
Anyone, even 13-year-olds can create a movie these days. I’ve seen proof as I have a 13-year-old living in my house who has made some pretty spectacular movies. I pulled up that Ted Talk to do the homework (tried to make my homework a family affair) and the 13-year-old hollered “I’ve seen this one! That guy is I awesome!”
Where have I been?!
My concern about this anyone-can-create-a-movie phenomenon, is the muchness of it all. Meaning, there is a bunch and it might be just too much. Or maybe not? Who knows, I’m just sorting through this stuff as I go. Part of my concern, is that I’m sure there are millions of great stories out there, and I’m never going to see them because I lack the patience to wade through the muck and mire. I only have so much time left in my little life and I need to see all of the good movies.
On the flip side, I have extreme faith in human-kind’s ability to spread the good movies around, so maybe the good movies will just float to the top and I won’t have to wade through all of that muck and mire. It’s possible, what with social networking and whatnot.
The second interesting thing I noticed was that no matter the quality, a good movie is all about story. I’ve seen some bad movies in my days. You know, the kind that cost trillions and have seizure-inducing special effects. Yawn. Don’t get me wrong, special effects are great and necessary, but sometimes the movie is just that: special effects. Special effects bore me. I just want to pull all of the big-wig movie producers aside and say “You gotta have a story or your special effects will bore me!”
Now I’ll move on to the official stuff. I don’t have any experience with video storytelling. I’m excited to get the basics and get going. Video is very important for digital storytelling because we are visual people and video uses a majority of our senses. For video, there’s something for everyone: image, sound, movement.