Video Killed the Radio Star, an old song from the 80’s about a singer whose career was cut short because of television.
Since then, video has gone beyond the television and it has become a very popular and accessible medium of communication. YouTube, video advertisements on large and small screens at malls and even on the sides of escalators, and at one time in Singapore, we had screens on buses too.
It is not only everywhere but the production of videos have also become more accessible. Where we use to need expensive and sophisticated equipment for recording and editing videos, it can now completed on a phone or a tablet device.
It is interesting that Edward Dennis listed film-making as the first of a list of 5 subjects that are not taught in school which ought to be, and I cannot agree more.
There are quite a few apps for creating different types of videos, such as,
- stitching photos together to form a video using Animoto Video Maker
- a mix of stills and short clips with Videolicious and iMovie (the trailer function is a good place to start)
- animation with iMotion (using photo) Animation Express (drawing) and ToonTastic (virtual puppets)
In addition to the creating of videos, it will also be helpful to learn to view videos critically. For instance, evaluating the effectiveness in terms of purpose, audience and context. In this past week, Singapore has been engulfed in haze. I think these recent video clips, among many, would be great for such learning.
What do you think of them?