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Composing with video allows you to express ideas differently than you might in print alone. You can still think of your video creations as “texts,” though. These video texts use image, sound, and titles (text embedded into video) to address your audience.

As you compose your video, think carefully about the relationships among these elements and how they work together to convey your message. Think also about how your audience might interpret the message you've created. For example, will everyone be familiar with the music you've chosen? Will the tune have different connotations for different groups within your audience? What might these connotations be? Will the different ways these groups react to your musical selection work in a way that's contrary to the message you're trying to convey? You should consider these questions for each image, sound, and title you incorporate into your composition.

In addition, consider the following tips to help with your composition process and to make your composition meaningful for others.

  • Make sure that you consider proper lighting while making your video. If you use clips from other videos, make sure that all lighting has continuity throughout your video.
  • Write a script before you start your video. Your professor will, more than likely, have time restrictions for your work, as well as parameters for the narrative. Make sure that you stay within the time and narrative parameters.
  • To engage the audience, make sure that you speak directly to them.
  • Keep the video short. Two to five minutes is ideal.
  • When using sound technologies, make sure that you record in a quiet room.
  • Give your video file a title that makes it easy to find and simple to follow, like “TheColdWar.wmv” instead of “video.wmv”.
  • Make sure that images you select are topical to the subject. Remember, all elements of the video combine to create one rhetorical statement.
  • If you create a photo collage (mostly used in Digital Stories), using both high-resolution and low-resolution photos is possible by combining all photos into one high-resolution image.
  • Using sounds, music, and other auditory devices can make a video project a more whole composition. Make sure that image and sound work together to produce an overall effect that you want.
  • Music should transition in conjunction with images. If you have a slideshow, make sure that the music matches the themes of the images and the narrative.

Further information

For digital storytelling assignments:

For remix assignments:

Remix examples

Sharing and using media ethically

Sample Photo/Interview Release Form

media_basics/video.txt · Last modified: 2015/08/11 20:13 by calvin