Lights, Camera, Action!: Video Assignment Final Project

Video Project Post:

For my final project I am telling “our story through the pandemic” with Rosemary and Maddy. We are making a cover of a mashup of Imagine by John Lennon  and Yellow by Coldplay. We are aiming to tell our story as college students and our journey through the pandemic. For more explanation and details read my “Final Project Goals and Plan” post and “It’s easy if you try”.

It’s time to make a video! After completing our audio, visual, and design assignments for our final project our last task was to make a storytelling video! 

Take a look at my blog posts for a more detailed reflection on each step of the process:

Audio Assignments:

Visual/ Photo Assignment

Design Assignments

As I outlined in my visual assignments post “Imagine x Yellow”, we compiled personal and free open source images to use in the video in order to visually demonstrate the story we are telling. After collecting 10 pictures from each of us (30 in total) it was time to make the movie. The audio was complete so we knew how long to make the movie (roughly 3 minutes).

I saved every picture to my google drive account and uploaded them into iMovie on my iPad. iMovie is a great tool that I have been using this entire semester in order to complete video assignments. I feel as though I have grown a lot in my use of it (for reference see my Video Essay  and other video assignments). I am more confident in using the different features the tool provides and was excited to use it for the final!

I ran into a few technical difficulties in getting the pictures to save and upload to my iPad. Some of Rosemary’s photos didn’t load for some reason so she had to email them to me directly. This ended up working out! My storage is very low and so it was difficult to move them from my laptop to my iPad. I had to download the google drive app to my iPad, and save them that way. Luckily, it all worked out and I was able to get all of the photos on my iPad and into iMovie.

Another issue I had was adding the music track in. Again, a storage issue- we talked it out and decided to have me create the movie without audio and than send it off to Rosemary to add in the audio track! I was so worried so I am so glad Rosemary was able to add in the song!

Once the pictures were in iMovie I manipulated some of mine that needed to be in black and white. I used the filters feature and picked different black and white adjustments to fit the picture. Next, I rearranged the photos to make them flow and tell the story. The story we wanted to tell was black and white photos of the pandemic (last year) of us in masks, on zoom, and the uncertainty that came along with this. Theen, as the music switches to the upbeat Yellow, the pictures will be in color of us being vaccinated, and our current stories and situations. Just like how our individual quarantine stories are alike, so were our photos. This made it easy to group photos together and have the story flow.

I also added two of our designs to be the title and ending slide for the movie. I made my album cover be black and white in the beginning and Rosemary’s yellow at the end. 

I also added captions in order to tell the story. I used the text feature to add text that was dynamic. Also I made sure that all of the photos were not static and moved during the movie. 

This was pretty time consuming, but worth it! I had to manipulate the times of each picture so that it wasn’t too long or too short. I also added intro slides and credit slides, giving credit to the photos and the song we made! 

For the transitions, I didn’t want to pick anything that was too flashy and would take away form the message, so I kept it with a simple dissolve. This creates a nice flow from one picture to the next. On the pictures that had more text, I made the duration longer in order to give the viewer an appropriate amount of time to read the text.

Overall, I am very happy with how the video turned out. I think it completely encapsulates our quarantine stories. The final product, along with the way we made it, tells both our individual and collective stories.

Enjoy!:

Imagine x Yellow Final Project Video

For more on how Rosemary added the audio check out her post.

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