Digital storytelling showcase review
The most interesting thing about this assignment is the broadness of it. Every person used the project to make a very different and unique short film; ranging from film analysis/review, to playful music video, to close personal story of some sort.
Lauren Faure’s UPJ campus tour works as something of a well shot infomercial for the Pitt-Johnstown campus, with long steady shots, and smooth transitions. There is not necessarily an element of story within this film, but to a prospective student, the site of daily campus life could be intriguing and enticing enough to draw them to the school. The driving shot at the opening is particularly well done. The music plays well into the idea of this being a guided tour developed for youth to entice them to apply.
Jacey’s “Story for No One” has only a brief monolog at the opening which gives a sense behind the idea of this film: simply filming some mundane, and perhaps briefly some less mundane moments in a person’s life. We see a drive which is repeated several times throughout the brief film, and also a shot of three friends speaking at a lunch table. These two shots are shown repeatedly throughout the film, but some more playful elements are worked in, such as one male friend being filmed putting on and taking off a dress in public, and acting playfully in front of a green screen. The music works well with the concept, as the lyrics play to similar thoughts.
Brandon’s film was surprisingly clean visually. It looked rather professional at times in the sense of how detailed and still each shot was. The monologue worked perfectly with the scenes to depict a person’s thought process as they work through the events of a recent break-up, and a wish to move on. There is no score, or sound other than the narrator’s voice, which is again very clearly captured. The narration works beautifully with each carefully shot and edited scene. It’s also very interesting that we only see mouths and hands through the majority of the film.
Lauren’s “A Place to Unload” reads as a great testimonial to the personal benefits of being a coach, and working with young athletes. You can tell that there is a real excitement and appreciation for the sport as well as the bond developed between the speaker and the gym. We get a tour of generally the entire facility , and you can feel the speaker/creator’s nostalgia. The space in the middle without speech makes you pay special attention when the speaker chimes back in again.
Jeffrey’s video analysis of the film “O Negative” is a compelling piece. His observations throughout are vividly descriptive, and his delivery is professional. The observations about dependency explained in a direct and practical manner would most likely keep a viewer interested without having previously seen the film. It made me want to watch it again!
Melanie’s music video is primarily a person living out their day in an apartment or possibly a dorm room. Changing clothes, vacuuming, cleaning, and dancing with herself. It seems as though maybe she’s getting ready for something exciting. It is playful, and carefully shot. There is not much depth to the video, but that is to be expected with mainstream pop songs. It’s fun and simple, and the scene at the end where she walks out with the dress perfectly synchronized to the song ending is well done.