Deadline: Friday, April 1
Option A: Life Skills for Millennials
Create a video essay that teaches an important life skill for millennials. “Life skill” can be broadly defined: The skill you address can be a familiar one (such as balancing a checkbook), but more successful videos might define a less obvious skill that is crucial for the millennial generation. You’re encouraged to be creative and to try to teach a significant, original skill that you and your peers want—or need—to learn.
Option B: Social Issues
Choose a pressing social issue facing millennials and explore it in depth. Explain how and why this issue is especially relevant to millennials, and how millennials approach the issue differently from previous generations. Try to narrow the scope of your issue as much as possible: for example, instead of choosing “sexism,” focus on a particular type of sexism (such as street harassment).
- 4 to 5 minutes long
- Title screen at the beginning and credits screen at the end
- Research (both online and library sources)
- Music and/or audio elements
- You can use narrative elements (tell a story), but your essay’s main purpose should be to provide information.
- Use iMovie or video editing software of your choice
- Upload to YouTube
- Embed the video on your blog with a 100- to 200- word introduction and a Works Cited list of sources (MLA style). Include tags in your post. Other group members should reblog the post.
Copyright and Creative Commons
Please note that the use of copyrighted songs, images, and video clips is illegal. (More information on fair use guidelines.) In your video essay, you can use up to 30 seconds of creative commons or public domain video footage if you wish. This is optional, but if you choose to incorporate someone else’s footage, please be sure to attribute it properly (instructions on how to do so can be found on the following websites):
- Creative Commons: Legal Music for Videos
- Mashable: How To Find Creative Commons Video Assets
- Vimeo Creative Commons
- Creative Commons Audio Sources
Douglass Library Media Center
You can also borrow equipment from the Douglass Library Media Center. The equipment includes a Panasonic HD Video Camera (with tripod), a Sony HD Flip Video Camera (with mini-tripod), and a Digital voice recorder that converts audio files to .mp3 and other formats. Software for editing the audio and video files is available in Douglass Library’s Fordham Commons and Fordham Multimedia Lab. The Douglass equipment booking form can be found here.
See our Sakai site homepage for a list of class email addresses.
Monday, March 7
—Receive video essay assignment.
—Introduction to iMovie
—Plan video essays in small groups.
* * * SPRING BREAK * * *
Monday, March 21
—By Sunday at 6:00 p.m., write research blog posts for your video essays.
—Work on video essays.
Monday, March 28
—No blog posts due this week.
—Work on video essays. Video essays due on Friday.
Monday, April 4
—For class today, watch class video essays and write a blog response post.
—Discuss video essays in class.