At this point, blogs are the old technology of the social software world. Along with wikis, blogs were around before any of it was even called social software. I created my first blog using Blogger over fifteen years ago, so the chances of blogs being […]
When it comes to new media, things always take longer than I think they will and today’s tasks were no exception. On the other hand, time goes by quickly when doing this kind of work, and what is actually a couple of hours feels like a half hour or so.
This morning I added the voiceover of the single-paragraph essay. Anything that short has to use what words it has in powerful ways; there is no room for filler. The one-minute version I wrote yesterday was too short to mesh well with the images, so I was in the good position of being able to add a couple of sentences in the middle. I did, and made sure one of them had the word “fragile” so that the bird images resonated more strongly.
The recording only took two tries. Then it was a matter of lining up the voiceover so that it hit the first three photos correctly. That took a little time and tweaking. I had hopes that if the beginning sequenced well, the rest would follow the law of serendipity and match up automatically. Some did, but I had to shift some of the cutaways to fit the dialogue, most notably moving the care center room photo to fit the right spot in the voiceover.
Unlike poetry, the essay calls for far more point by point connections between images and text. That is not to say that the author should go straight to visual cliches, but emphasis by layering image and sound is effective.
Here is the version I turned in:
It’s good to see the sun and the leaves filling in the empty spaces. Two more poems to go in the challenge. The poems so far are clustering into a viable book manuscript, something I did not dare hope for when I began this project. I wonder sometimes if all the photos and video clips help too. This blog is working admirably from my viewpoint as a shoebox, a place where I save ideas and images for when I need them later. I wonder though, if this is too centered on my need to save snippets and not directed out to an audience enough. I can’t put the poems up because that would make them unpublishable for many outlets. I can’t put the articles or webtexts here for the same reason. But I can do the scutwork here, the thinking, reasoning, and synthesis that leads to those more polished works, and I know that If I don’t, many of them would slip away wherever faded memory goes.