“Let’s make a movie!”
Those were the words that my old Sesame Street toy video camera use to say when you pressed the plastic record button. I think it is quite fitting considering this is where my love of filmmaking began and what has ultimately lead me to make the videos I make today.
I’d been playing in my head how I wanted this video to come out since I first received the criteria. Instantly I was attracted to the crowdfunding question – I knew that this was something that I was interested in and wanted to dive deeper into. For me, step one was to create a structure of my video. I knew that I would have an intro and an outro but I still needed to fill the sandwich. The question clearly wanted me to look at crowdfunding and whether or not it was democratising so I knew I had to make an argument from this.
I decided to slowly introduce my argument by explaining what crowdfunding is. To simplify things for myself and my audience I decided I would approach it from a filmmaking perspective. Due to being a filmmaker myself and a high percentage of crowdfunding projects are creative, I thought this would be a good way to narrow the field of scope in my video. With this in mind, I decided to unravel how crowdfunding was democratic for both project creators and backers. After this, I wanted to break it up with a fresh perspective so I asked a local filmmaker who I had helped back before to come on and answer some questions about his experiences and views.
Following this, I wanted to jump straight back into this time with a greater degree of argument and evidence. When I did my first draft of my script I soon realised that it was very one sided so I decided to give it a degree of balance that I would put in a small rebuttal by looking at crowdfunding exploitation.
Throughout my video, I made a lot of my own content such as my intro sequence and titles. There is no better feeling than knowing that you have created something new and creative. Everything but the music has been made by myself. I found my music using YouTube’s audio library that has been created to help content creators find music for music.
This was the first video where I had to incorporate scholarly sources within it so I decided to create a mix of in-sentence referencing combined with on-screen lower third pop ups and information section referencing. For longer quotes or ideas that I wanted to be the centre of attention as oppose to just some extra words that I would say I used titles – these titles also helped me make cuts between the long remembered sentences. I tried to write my script similar to an essay to help me incorporate my references into the video.
Fortunately, I have been making videos for a long time so I didn’t have many issues in that regard. What I did have challenges with were time management and a case of myself getting sick. The last few weeks have been a blur for me, between, uni studies, working, internship and doing extra video work for the City of Melbourne as well as trying to keep my sanity throughout it all. Getting sick didn’t help as I wasn’t able to get the video recordings done sooner and instead didn’t get much time to edit which I would have liked some more time on. Also trying to think of ways to incorporate my online personas was a bit of challenge and I think next time I would try to distinguish my personal from my intellectual in more ways than just a costume challenge and use of larger words. Overall, I’m quite happy with how this video came out especially because I’m use to being behind it not in front of it.
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My broader online activity and engagement
If my broader online activity could be described in three words it would be: Golden Tiffit Badge.
I was active in creating the Student Only Challenge which got lots of students in the unit making videos and getting engaged.
Additionally, I was making many Vines including the #studentonlychallenge/#noadamclub and my own video tips that saw other students in the unit making their own video tip videos – this was great to see!
At the JHC it was amazing to meet so many faces and have students coming up to me about the positive impact I had on them in the unit.