The first video I watched was “The Sound of my Voice”. This was an incredibly intriguing yet weird story. Initially, through dark lighting; eery sound effects; suspense background music, the audience is led to believe the video is a horror. It is confusing and quite scary. I felt quite uncomfortable watching it to be honest. However once the main characters are welcomed into the ‘group’, the complete vibe of the video changes. There is a warm, welcoming, community like vibe and all of a sudden we feel more safe and comfortable. However this is again turned on its head when Maggie approaches from the next room, we wait in anticipation to see what she will bring to the narrative. All in all, her story is quite abstract, and along with what the whole video is, weird.
Personally, the lighting, music, sound effects, camera shots and mise-en-scene are all super effective in telling this story.
However, it leaves the audience to not fully grasp the concept of the video, and if it is just a cult or club, why are the opening minutes so daunting to watch?
This video was effective in digital storytelling.
I then watched “Goldilocks”. This was a short clip about men who shoot people and capture a lady by the name of Locks. The video is effectively edited and makes the audience intrigued through the fast paced editing. I however was quite confused as to what was going on… why were these people being killed? Who was the man on the motorbike? Who is the girl jogging? As an audience, the director has effectively allowed us to quickly build a relationship with the girl who is running, as we spend a lot of ‘dead time’ with her. We are left pondering at the end: Does she get killed?
The strengths of this video was certainly the editing. It was so fast paced and action pack it managed to tell us so many things in such a short period of time. The footage in the back of the van was also quite good.
A weakness was it was quite repetitive and predictable, we could tell the man on the motorbike was going to continue shooting people.
This was effective at telling a story in such a short time amount of time!
Finally, I watched a video called “As far as I could go” (http://digitalstorytelling.ci.qut.edu.au/index.php/story/as_far_as_i_could_go), this was a very short yet intriguing story. It was the lady by the name of Lois and her take on September 11. It was very personal, a true story that was told with passion and depth, through expressive language and projection. Lois didn’t need to mention once what was she talking about, the audience automatically know that it is September 11. As it progresses, it is interesting to hear how anti-American Lois is. This is strange, her being American herself. Once Lois moves to Australia, the vibe of the story changes, it is more upbeat and positive, and effectively closes on the line of the stories, she went as far as she could to get away from America and it’s suffering following September 11.
The strengths of this video are the fantastic and genuine voice overs. We feel as though we really know Lois and can trust her. The music is also supportive.
This is quite an amateur video, so better image use could be used.
I really enjoyed this video and even though it is the shortest of the three videos I watched, I was able to completely understand and grasp the nature of the story and the in’s and out’s much better than the more abstract other two.