Day 19 – 11.3 – Object in 60: Day 2

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November 3, 2014 by Brian Harmon

In Class:

Continue the composition of your Object in 60.  If you need to refer to the assignment details, check HERE.  While this is a practice exercise, I’d like you to be pedantic about the details.  As you edit, be thinking of how these moves might be translated into your AFFECTIVE VIDEO PROJECT.

I want to encourage those who made significant progress during the last class period (the more experienced among you) to spend today learning a new trick.  Take one of your clips and alter it in some way.  Keeping in mind the film needs to be finished today (which means time for exporting), make a point to explore one or more of the following:


Because we can’t count on the internet, you wont need to upload to youtube during class, just make sure that your film is exported before you leave.  (Also try to copy your finished project to Harmon’s flash drive.)  Then be sure that it is uploaded to your youtube account (established with your class gmail) and that you tweet the link before we meet on Wednesday.  Check the privacy settings to be sure your film is viewable to the public.

As the currency of this form of communication is (in part) measured in ‘Likes’, think about how you might include a # or keyword/tag that could increase the visibility of your film.  Should we have a contest to see who can get the most “likes” before Wednesday?  Yes, we should.  Extra Credit is Available.



Read the Introduction (p1-15) of John Law’s After Method (in DB under readings-affect).  Please make sure to have this (preferably printed out) available for Wednesday’s class and be ready to discuss.  (This is a controversial text and may ring out-of-tune to some of you who are more engineering/science/logic minded.  Rather than try to pick it apart in disagreement, I urge you to read affirmatively – try to find the points with which you agree!)

Choose one of the following prompts and compose a new blog post in response (several paragraphs):

  • After these experiences editing digital media, reflect on the following question:  Can a documentary film ever be true?   Please give specific examples and explanations from your personal experience with documentary media and/or editing.
  • Consider your Object in 60 with a critical eye.  What short video genre(s) does it reference or interrupt (a few possibilities…music video, surf/skate video, infomercial, short narrative film, animation)?  Who is the audience?  What works in the film, and what doesn’t? What would you do differently with more time?



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