Ok, now that student evaluations are finally done…I am going to post those links to images that I find helpful, especially for inspiration,when talking with middle schoolers about making video. I’m really posting this for my own benefit (to have these links to video handy for next year)–which begs a question that I’m wrestling with these days–why blog? I know that I started this to learn the ropes so that I could teach them, but I think I will continue to blog. I’ve always had a habit of talking to myself in the library, and this blog has a small enough audience for it to qualify as mostly talking to myself, which is ok by me. I’m not trying to get popular, and I’m not sure what place blogging should have in my life. Right now, I’m just finding it motivating–more so than personal journaling, since there is a possibility of a (small) conversation arising from a post. More on that later.
1. I ask students to think about what point they want to make before beginning. Examine the data, decide your message, pick an image. It doesn’t have to be a bunch of camera tricks. I like Sony’s Bravia commercial, which makes the simple point “Color like no other” without any computer trickery. Here’s the link:
In order to capture the vibrant reality of the balls and the way they moved, every single frame was shot on camera – computer graphics weren’t used at all.
It is a beautiful video that my students enjoy. They also enjoy the “making of” explanations linked here next, where they show how they blasted balls out of cannons, were ready with many cameras to catch the quick action, and broke windows in the making…
Behind the scenes How we did it
2. A fun spoof of the Bravia commercial and related website that an ad firm put together, using fruit instead of balls (they have a link on the web page that shows you the “commercial” they are complaining about).
Swansea North Residents Association website
We are a non-profit organisation that meets every Sunday, around about tea time, to discuss the needs and views of Swansea North residents.
3. Next, here’s a link to a Bravia spoof created as machinima (having “Avatars” in a game or other online world operated by people who arrange to go online to the already existing scenery provided by the game world and meet and act out scenes using their avatars. Having one or more avatars act as the “camera” stationed to observe the mayhem, the action is captured and can be shared). Warning, this is filmed with battlefield avatars, and each character is military, and carries a weapon as part of the gameworld design.
Circulating only throughout the internet, a video filmed by a clan features 64 players simultaneously hopping down a slope and over HMMWVs on the Sharqi Peninsula, a map in Battlefield 2. Instead of “BRAVIA – Color like no other” at the end of the original Bouncy Balls commercial, the clan’s video read “Bunny Hopping – Like no other”
This is an overhead shot from another spoof video/in-game melange. It doesn’t have the Bravia reference (it does include references to the seagulls in “Finding Nemo” (Mine), Monty Python, and CNN news coverage of Iraq). This was also done by the same group, dubbed “Snoken,”as the machinima above. Each avatar on the screen is operated by a different person, and they have coordinated quite a bit to accomplish this. Again, warning, the characters are armed, and in this one, there are some other challenges, like explosions.