Now that the Writing Center has fabulous cameras available for any student to check out, we all have the ability to make awesome multimedia projects, such as interactive websites and videos…and one of the most common videos we see students make is the INTERVIEW.
Interviews are great ways to get information, to see an issue from someone else’s point of view, and to hear their thoughts in their own words rather than paraphrased by someone else. Unfortunately, the visual part of an interview video is rarely considered. The person is usually backed into a beige corner, lit with fluorescent lights, and all we really get to see is a poor fella in a polo shirt blinking and moving his mouth for half an hour.
Of course, what the subject is saying, and what the maker of the video wants you to hear, is much more exciting than that! We can use iMovie (and other simple video editing software) to cut away while the person is still talking, show images or clips of what they are talking about, add another camera to alternate points of view, edit in pieces of interviews recorded in different locations, and add in sound effects or additional narration. It’s actually quite easy, and once you get the hang of it, takes very little time!
So, if you have an ambitious idea for a video project that’s more than talking heads, check out our iMovie workshop this Monday, April 9, from 4-6 pm at the Writing Center!