When I watched this video it set off a few lightbulbs in my head about the video project I’m working on for our class. I’m dealing with a few concepts that would be served well by animation, but of course I don’t have the skills to pull that off in the time we have, so I’ve been struggling with how to communicate things like text in a way that looks professional. It appears to me like this video was produced with tools that we all know how to use (the filmmaker mentions Magic Lantern!), and there is no animation, but it nevertheless manages to illustrate Ira Glass’ audio track through a combination of creative problem-solving and tightly-polished staged shots. The blackboard shot is a favorite: with good handwriting and a well-composed shot we can use decidedly low-tech tools to create attractive results.
Something else I’ve been considering: do you think it would have been possible to create an engaging video using only one of the media (i.e. blackboard/chalk or spaghetti)? In this case, where the entire video depends on live-action “animation” and the shots don’t involve much movement, I think the variety is critical for holding our attention. If you could find someone with impeccable handwriting, however, would you consider using the blackboard exclusively?