For this assignment, we were assigned to create a digital story telling video in relation to topics learnt in class. Throughout the course of this assignment, multiple discussions were held with my classmates, Leong Pei Juan and Ong Shuey Li to further understand and discuss relevant ideas for the topic. As I lack the ability to perform team work, this assignment was done individually. After multiple deliberations, the topic I have decided upon is Violence in Television. This topic has been done by multiple researchers to obtain a link between violence in television and whether it is the cause of aggression in society. There were multiple discussions and theories, but none was able to have a direct evidence to support it. Hence, it is an interesting topic to be chosen as multiple questions and discussion can be brought upon.
In order to connect to the audience to discuss this topic, the platform that was chosen is to create a digital story telling video using multiple pictures and music combined and uploading it on Youtube. As this assignment is to engage audience, a video is the best choice as it has every element needed to attract viewers.
Compiling elements into creating a video is difficult as it requires a large amount of data to start off. As easy as it seems, it took me awhile before I was able to start my project. One of the reasons was the lack of equipments. There were multiple suggestions such as stop motion or shooting my own video, but due to not having a camera and smart phone, it limits my ability to do so. Apart from that, one of the main difficulties that were faced was the lack of creativity. In order to create an impressive video to attract viewers to continue viewing, it requires a certain element which attracts them. It could be either the method of producing or the outstanding graphics. In my video, it lacks that element. It would certainly be difficult for my video to obtain strong viewership due to that matter.
While I was doing research for this topic, there were several other topics which are interesting that are related to television. Apart from violence, there was media violence in gaming, addiction towards media and many more. I find myself straying away from the topic while I was researching due to the overflow of information. It was even at a point where I doubt my topic and had the intention of changing. Thankfully, this diversion was able to be overcome thanks to my classmates whom have reminded me to stay on course.
Throughout this subject, my classmates have willingly lent a helping hand into this project. 3 weeks before the due date, they have gladly offered to finish this assignment together and even offer to help if I were met with any problems. One of my classmates has been an active member into helping us obtain information from our lecturer, Mr Faizal through email and phone. It was rather kind of her to do so as everyone was busy with classes and assignments as well. For her to spare her time to help us was really helpful.
For this assignment, what I found most confusing was the referencing of this whole assignment. We were required to obtain images, videos or audios online if we need it to combine into a video. As there are legal issues involve, one does not simply save an image without having copyright information. There was also confusion in the report as well. With so many elements taken from the internet, I was unsure whether to insert all reference into the report or into the video. Moreover, there was also confusion with the information collected. With over dozens of statistic and articles written in relation to my topic, it is hard to obtain the actual figure that is of the right source and relevant.
Throughout this whole assignment, it was a great experience as I was able to not only engage in team work by having discussions and sharing of ideas, but also manage to enhance my video editing skill which is taking step by steps. Every challenge and obstacles I have faced during the process of making this video is only preparing for what is yet to happen in the future. In addition, I have managed to understand and relate more with one topic to another from this subject. Overall, I am quite surprise with my video as it was able to be done in time. As they always say, sharing is caring. I am hoping it is good enough to pass on my knowledge and what I have learnt from this class to other people out there.