Writing: Concept in 60 Video



Matt Marriott and Mike Moverman, “Who Said Brainstorming Couldn’t Be Fun?”, 2013.

Janel Atlas, “Rising Run”, 2014


Kiley Dhatt, “How to Be a New Teacher”, 2014


For next week I’d like you to make an original 60-second video that illustrates or explains a concept. Your video may center on any term, idea, or phrase that interests you. You may work with found texts—images, videos, audio files—as well as with materials you shoot yourself.  You can strike any tone that you want—serious, funny, angry, whimsical, lyrical, whatever.  And you can collaborate with other people in this class, if you like. Here are the only constraints:

  1. Your Concept in 60 must have both audio and video tracks. These two tracks may not be synchronous. (In other words, you can’t simply shoot a video of someone explaining an idea.)
  2. Your video must include a title and credits.
  3. Your video must run exactly 60 seconds—not counting your credits.

Some other things to keep in mind:

  1. Ask for the consent of anyone whose image or voice you record.
  2. Make it clear where any found images or audio/video clips you use come from. Document all texts authored by others. If you use found texts, it’s your job to make your perspective clear through the ways you edit and frame them.
  3. Feel free to get whatever technical help you need. But acknowledge that help in your credits.

I will be more interested in the idea behind your uses of video than in your technical expertise. My aim is to raise the question of how one might compose an “essay” about an idea in video rather than in prose.

When you have finished your video, upload it to Youtube, Vimeo, or any other videosharing platform. Then embed your video in a post on this site (or link to it if you have trouble embedding it). Title your post with the title of your video. Use Video and your group number as your categories.

Deadline: Thurs, 3/16, 10:00 AM. We will view as many of these videos as we can in class on Mon, 3/20, so preview and comment on as many of them as you can!

Acknowledgment: I’ve adapted this assignment from one created by Professor Cindy Selfe at Ohio State University. Cindy helped guide me through making my own Concept in 60 video  when I attended the Seminar in Digital Media and Composition (DMAC) in Summer 2010. Thanks Cindy!

I look forward to viewing and talking about your videos!


Author: Joe Harris

I teach composition, creative nonfiction, and digital writing at the University of Delaware.

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