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  1. The Making of Malala Yousafzai

    October 16, 2013 by

    In the wake of all of the press this last week about Malala Yousafzai I thought this video would be interesting. The documentary relies on different documentary styles to tell the story of how Malala became who she is today. It uses the journalist as a first person narrator who balances a personal story with a journalistic perspective. He tells of his experience making the documentary and getting to know the family, but even as he reveals his close connections to the family he steps back and explores the complexities of Malala’s father. Her father is at once a champion of education for women, a businessman that profits off this education, and the husband of a woman who can’t read. He also may be using Malala for his own personal gain. Yet, as Malala develops her own beliefs and ability to voice them, whether or not her father influenced her falls away, as she makes a strong case for her own education as well as the education of all girls.

    The video coupled with an article that explores the current situation in her town seems like a great example of transmedia. It continues the story. We are able to delve further into the challenging situation that began with Malala’s father’s interests and the shooting by the Taliban. Now there is a deeper understanding of what people mean in the article when they express resentment or appreciation for Malala and her father.

  2. Adventure without Words

    October 15, 2013 by

    Adventure Is Calling from Shane Black on Vimeo.

    For this week I went back to the Viemo staff picks page, now mind you that was not my intention, I was planning on going on a search for something but one of the first videos there caught my eye and my imagination.  The video “Adventure is Calling” is a five minute long piece of several time lapse shots by Shane Black.  Now this is would normally be something that isn’t that inspiring until you read the story behind it.  Black and two of his friends left their jobs of six years to travel around the country in a truck, camping out and basically seeing what this world has to offer.  Now don’t tell me no one of us have ever had dreams of packing everything up and going on an adventure.  I maybe dream of it once a year myself, and that is what is so inspiring about this these guys just did it, and these images of the mountains, deserts, and forests are what they have to show for it.

    Look i’m a sucker for good timelapse photography.  I love being able to watch the world fly by in a matter of seconds in what takes hours.  Putting the camera on a dolly to move it while the sky moved around as well added an extra dimension to the piece and the shot itself.  The scenery is of course what makes the video as it is all scenery, just the beauty and the backdrop of the great outdoors.

    The other reason this video grabbed me was because there was no talking in the video, all of the images are set to a rock song that perfectly captures the majesty of the environment.  Since we are focusing on our stories without words this week and next I thought this would be an interesting video to share and talk about.   It really does tell a story of travel and discovery, the protagonist is the environment, and how it is vastly different across the country and world.  I hope you watch this and feel as good as I did when I watched, now if you’ll  excuse me I have a sudden urge to go for a hike.

  3. Media as a Democracy?

    October 14, 2013 by describes itself as “a non-commercial and not-for-profit network of media analysis presented in the public interest.” This segment, featuring a discussion between the Editor-In-Chief of Danny Schechter and economist and professor Richard Wolf, addresses people who are media consumers and also media creators to discuss the changing landscape of media, problems with concentration in media ownership, and ideas to change media to better serve the needs of the people.

    Along with interesting political and economical insight into what is happening in America and in the world, it does serve as an example of a one camera, two-person interview set-up. It’s interesting to see how and when they display their credentials on screen, but to also note that they don’t seem to use any other visuals such as stills or b-roll footage. Whether or not this interview style works or not is up to you. Maybe the content is interesting enough to hook you into finishing the video, and for others that might not be the case. What I love about this video is the lively discussion and major question it poses: should the structure of media function as a democracy?


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