considerations will affect your audience’s perception of and engagement withyour message.Consider avoiding the most polarizing, “hot-button” issues (abortion, deathpenalty, gay marriage, and the like) and the overdone ones (childhoodobesity, legalizing marijuana, drinking age, global warming, cyber-bullying,eating disorders, drunk driving). Instead focus on something where there’ssome healthy, engaging public discourse—and where more needs to be said.For example: genetic counseling, media depictions/framing of participants inthe Marcellus shale debate, Mexican drug cartels, technology’s effect onattention span, cultural reasons for the rise of zombies in popular culture,unforeseen ramifications of the Arab Spring, conflict minerals in cell phones,MMA’s depiction of masculinity, PowerPoint’s misuse, social networks’ effecton popular perceptions of what friendship means.
3. Live Introduction or Conclusion
The in-class speech portion of this project should be brief, at no more thanfive minutes, and typically will be an introduction or a conclusion for thevideo, or both. One option is to consider modeling this after a news report—the anchor might contextualize the issue beforehand, and then cut to a videocreated by a reporter. Or sometimes there will be little or no lead-in, but theanchor will provide some discussion after the news piece or analysis finishes.Either way, this should be fully integrated with the video itself, and should bewell delivered.General Requirements
Find a way to distribute the work fairly. Keep in mind thatediting/compiling the final product is very time intensive.
Cite the source for your visuals at the end of the video. Web links arefine.
Burn the final version of your video to a CD or DVD for submission tome, or arrange something else in advance (like a YouTube video, forinstance). You’ll also be responsible for managing the technology toshow it in class, from a separate copy.Visuals Guidelines
Select visuals to augment your oral or textual components. The two(visuals and language) should
one another, not workat odds. Get the script written early so you have lots of time todevelop good supporting images.
Be wary of extremes: an overabundance of either overly-literal orvaguely-conceptual images. Similarly, try to avoid lots of genericimages. Unless absolutely necessary, avoid grainy or watermarkedimages.
If someone appears on the screen—whether you recorded them or if they’re on video from another source—consider visually introducingthem. (Name, credibility, etc.)