Write out a basic summary of your video.
I started with and establishing shot of Xavier Hall and cut to a shot of the inside of the Theatre space. Following these two shots were several interviews from members of the Saint Louis University Theatre Department. Lastly, I cut to several shots of past productions followed by a shot of the entire department yelling Saint Louis University Theatre.
What was the most rewarding part of creating your video?
For me the most rewarding part of creating was not only learning how to better use the editing software but also the opportunity to interview the fellow members of our theatre department. I got the chance to have an insight into how they truly feel about our department. I think this helped to strengthen my love and commitment to our department. I asked them to think about it for the first time while on camera. I gave them a few seconds to think a little about it but I wanted to see what truly came from the heart and see their true feelings and emotions on camera.
What was the most challenging part of creating your video?
The most challenging part was finding the time to not only edit the video but to also film it. This project was to too taxing overall, just finding a time at which I could interview people who were all extremely busy with the show we are currently working on was difficult. We had just begun tech week, the week before we open a show, so everyone was trying to meet all the deadlines. Essentially, the show is the only thing on everyone’s mind. Working in a time at which I could interview people from the department was difficult.
Editing the video was an entirely different topic. During tech week I work from about 1:00 pm until 10:00 or 11:00, except for going to classes. I would come home after work and get right down to homework and once I would finish my homework that was due the next day I would spend an hour or so working on the editing process. It was a few late nights but having the script and also storyboards were extremely helpful.
Is there anything you wish you had done differently?
One thing I wish I had done differently would be to use the same background for each interview shot. I would have liked to be on the set and to use a few different lights to enhance the quality of the video. I unknowingly slipped a little advertisement for our next show into the video. I did not realize it until I was editing the video looking at the same shot over and over.
You wrote a script, drew a storyboard, filmed, edited, and produced a video for this digital storytelling project. Now that the project is completed, how do you feel about your ability to tell a compelling story, from start to finish, using digital media?
Story telling is something I love to do in daily life so being able to experiment with this in digital form was extremely fun for me. I might not have been able to get the exact shots I wanted but overall I was extremely pleased with the quality of the video I produced. A day or two after I made this video I had the opportunity to make another video. This one consisted of about 15 minutes of pictures and I also put in 3 songs. I displayed the video as a memorial, and the majority of the people who watched it complimented me on the quality of how it progressed along. They said the timing of the transitions in relationship to the music was fantastic. I think this boosted my thoughts about my ability to compose a digital story.