I like the video story medium. It reminds me of the audio project in that there are innumerable options available for creative creation. I spent a lot of time pouring over videos and images trying to find the best clips and when I found something I thought was appropriate it was difficult to cut it down and remove excess footage. Then when the clips were placed together I’d second guess my draft, wondering if I should add more footage to a particular vein or reduce it from another. The numerous resources made it hard to progress with production of the story.
I also struggled with the actual production and incorporation of music. For production I used Movie Maker, which is essentially the same as iMovie although maybe not as nicely formatted. I was able to navigate through the process but it took me hours of doing it the hard way before I figured out a shortcut of the same task. With music incorporation, I am torn between two songs, both relevant although one is more culturally relevant, and the other, more obscure but more deeply connected to the premise of the story. I could use both but I don’t have a clear story transition for the switch. I also find it difficult to switch from the music I want to add, to video clips’ narration. Most of the narrations I selected have their own background music which doesn’t exactly flow with the music I’d like to use.
I have a greater respect for professional video production after doing this project. The tools available today make video an easy and accessible medium for story creation, but it takes a good story, or a creative perspective to make a good story (like in the case of the cow yodeling), and excellent editing to stand out from everyone else’s productions. I imagine it’s frustrating.