A/V Project

Our second substantial project will ask you to compose with audio and images. The main project will be a podcast or video that is more of an informative, argumentative, or creative piece. We will also have a Remix Assignment that will help us prepare for the main project. You can complete the main project individually or with a group, although a group submission should be as substantial as a collection of the same number of individual projects. The main project will count for 80% of the project grade, and the remix will count for 20%.

Project Script

The first aspect of the project to be completed is the script. You (or your group) should write a script that outlines what you want to produce in the podcast or video. First, offer a brief introduction that outlines what your work is about and what you want to achieve. Then, outline exactly what the video or podcast will include. If you will be recording yourself saying something, write out the script for what will be said (or explain what will be discussed if you are recording it off the cuff or recording a conversation). If you will be incorporating background music or other audio sources, identify the sources you will use and where they will appear. If you are incorporating images or video footage, identify the sources you will use and where they will appear. In this sense, your script should offer a specific, thorough, and detailed sense for what the final podcast or video will look and sound like. To submit the script, email it to me.

Podcast/Video

Your podcast or video can work as an argument, an essay, a narrative, a reflection, a creative work, or something else along these lines. It might take up a social issue or public debate, some aspect of our culture (local, national, or global), or a concept (“writing in digital environments,” “family,” “health”). There are other possibilities as well, so let me know if you want to go in a different direction. If you want to make a podcast, you will likely be working with Audacity or Wavepad (available on Bonaventure computers) or GarageBand. If you want to make a video, you will likely be working with Movie Maker or Videopad (available on Bonaventure computers), iMovie, or YouTube’s Editor.

The podcast or video you produce should be substantial. For our purposes, “substantial” has less to do with length and more to do with the thought and effort behind the project, both in terms of conceiving and designing the text and then editing and producing it. As you compose your podcast or video, you are welcome to draw on outside sources – existing images or audio/video clips – all of which should be cited. You are also welcome to incorporate images, audio, and video that you produce.

The podcast/video project also asks you to address concerns related to accessibility. Specifically, you should provide a transcript of the podcast or video. You can find an overview of best practices for transcription here. Note that transcriptions go beyond just transcribing words to include descriptions of music, images, or other textual elements. Here’s an example.

Written Component

Your work on the A/V Project should be organized on your website on an “A/V Project” post or page. If possible, you should embed your A/V work (both the remix and the main project) on the page. For example, if you post a video to YouTube, embed the YouTube video on the page. Any work that is not embedded or linked to on this page can be submitted via Dropbox.

In addition to the multimedia composition you produce, the A/V Project page should also include writing that comments and reflects on your the work you did for the project. Specifically, it should address the following prompts.

  • What was the main purpose of your A/V work? What did you hope to achieve or communicate here? Where were you most/least successful?
  • How would you describe the challenge of writing with audio and images? What can you do with these media that you can’t do with words? What limitations or difficulties did you encounter while working with a/v production?
  • Comment on your work for this project in relation to the question of fair use. Where did you incorporate the work of others into your project? How would you defend your use of these materials with reference to the principles of fair use?