The Options Video Expressions Bring To The Table

The medium of film and video is an extraordinary one. Since its inception over a century ago it has dazzled and wowed viewers with each and every improvement and advancement made, from color, to sound, to computer generated effects, to motion capture technology. And with each new and exciting step the world of video making makes, new and exciting forms of expression continue to grow and present new opportunity for illustration. Conversely, we are writing the same exact way people have been writing since Charles Dickens and far earlier than him. Not that there is anything wrong with that, but it is clear that there are only certain ways to express ones self through writing, which is fine. But video and film just opens so many different doors, a number of which are growing by the day.

Many of these forms of expression could be seen in the Concept in 60 videos created for class. One of these ways is emotion. There is a certain flare and excitement that can be seen but not necessarily read. Personally, having been on both the viewing and creative end of it, feel that is evident in my Concept in 60. In my video I show my love and excitement surrounding film and, specifically, the Star Wars films. While I could write how much I love the movies, I instead bring out some of my Star Wars merchandise and paraphernalia, which is a clear and vivid expression of my feelings. If I wrote down all the reasons I love movies and wrote about the collectibles I own it would not be nearly as impactful at showing my emotions as the visual media is.

Splintering off of the idea of emotion is personal connection. There are situations where writing can get an idea across, but the reader on their own with just words does not feel the overall impact intended. I look at a video like Mackenzie’s “What is an RA?” where she reads a written passage explaining this idea while also including pictures of herself and others that coincide with the words being spoken, and I feel that extra charge of personal connectivity. As the old mantra goes, “seeing is believing”, and by seeing what Mackenzie is referring to directly makes the whole message all the more real and impactful. Those same words she spoke could have been posted just as these ones are, and they still would have been great, but the pictures along with it takes the message to the next level.

Another way that video is a helpful medium is in its ability to illustrate abstract concepts. Here, I think of Graham’s video, which is of the same footage being edited and contributed to in different ways to give off notable different feelings or ideas. This concept just flat out could not be done justice through writing, as it is all about the abstract concept of point of view and interpretation. Videos like this allow for indulgence in ways that were never considered before films inception.

All these forms of video making are not to discount writing as a worthy and powerful art form, because it certainly is one. But there is something about the freedom and unique options present in video format that makes it such an expressive and wonderful way to say whatever is on a persons mind.


Author: James K

My Life consists of the 5 F's: Family, Friends, Film, Football, and Food

4 thoughts on “The Options Video Expressions Bring To The Table”

  1. I didn’t give any thought to the fact that while our movie and video technology is ever-changing, our writing methods have remained virtually unchanged for a long time. It is true; every year the special effects or animation in movie improves, while, as you stated, we are still writing the same way that Charles Dickens did in the 1800’s. I don’t want to say that lack of change is bad, because perhaps it is simply that writing does not require change in the same way that video does. Anyway, this is a very good point and something I had not thought about before.


  2. James, I like your point about the different ways emotions can be conveyed through video. Your example about literally showing your love for Star Wars rather than writing about why you love it so much is the perfect example. With film, you have to the power to truly convey the exact response or emotion you want your viewers to feel. With a written work, the author does not have as much power to influence how the reader will perceive their words. There is a lot of room for interpretation when reading something, but when watching a video there is only room for interpretation if the actors and directors leave that room.


  3. Expressing an abstract idea in your video like you talked about would be next to impossible in text. I think using video as your medium gives you more freedom and options to express your ideas. However, you video quality is only as good as your video prowess. I like what you said here about emotion, it’s so much easier to express in a video than over text. I think that adds a uniqueness to video that makes people more drawn to it.


  4. James, I think you’re on to something in writing about that “extra charge of connectivity”in video (even if that is an idea you put in writing rather than video). I’d be interested to hear and read more of your thoughts on that subject. But I also have to ask: Do you really think that writing—in an age of Twitter and blogs and online news—is still pretty much the same as in the age of Dickens? I’m not completely sure. Good piece! ~Joe


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