Video Storytelling – Becky Lin

The way I interpret what video is is a flurry of moving images with a healthy coating of sound that is thrown at the audience for their delight. However, because it incorporates moving images and sound, timing becomes an element of the work and unfortunately, isn’t as easy to cover up as a stray line in an image or a fluctuation of sound. Timing in a video is as important as the bones in our bodies because like bones, it is the very structure of the work.

Fluidity, movement, transitions, and pacing of a story are all part of timing. From the pace that the boy raises his hand in class to the pace that the dog limps behind, from the long intense stare to the moment their eyes break apart and they burst into laughter, the pacing of movements is incredibly different because it has a large impact on the effect of the movements and how we interpret them. It is because of this delicate nature of timing and pacing that I find video to be a particularly difficult medium.

While video is a more complicated medium than audio or just pure images, it is this particular property that makes it such a valuable medium. Video allows for movement as well as a combination of visuals and audio which, while adding a level of complexity, allows for a story to be told in not only the dimension of visuals but also the dimension of audio. So for the first time, I not only had to juggle visuals but also audio, timing and movement which was a slightly overwhelming task at first but in the end was gratifying. Being granted access to multiple mediums and combining them in the form of video to tell a story is difficult but at the same time very fulfilling.


One thought on “Video Storytelling – Becky Lin

  1. meaganmthornton March 28, 2015 / 5:59 am

    I like your focus on the importance of timing and movement. I think these elements are especially important to animation design; a design, i believe, that is sadly under appreciated. Usually people only notice when timing is off, they never notice the beauty of flawless timing and movement. I agree, it’s crazy to think about how natural and instantaneous movement is in real life but recreating it to tell a meaningful story can be a daunting task. – Steph Hunter


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