Final Project

Drum roll please…

Here’s my final video. ๐Ÿ™‚ There’s a lot of time and help that went into the final project. I’m pretty pleased with it. I was able to incorporate things that I’ve known how to do for a long time, like performance poetry and drawing, with things that I’ve only recently learned, like video editing, loop-based music, and story telling. The experience has been really rewarding and I’ve already been able to put the skills I’ve learned from Digital Ethnography to use (for the Debate Video!).

I also uploaded a version of the video without music, for remixing purposes.

I am really looking forward to seeing everyone else’s final drafts. I’ll post links to them here when everything is all done. ๐Ÿ™‚


Debate Video and Final Video Update

The debate video I created was played at the KSU Debate Alumni Reunion reception on Saturday night. It went over really well and I was pleased to be able to put something like this together. It’s the first video for KSU debate and I hope to make an even better one next year. I would not have been able to do anything like this before I took Digital Ethnography. The whole project really makes me feel like I’ve gained so many skills: working with video, learning to tell a story, and engaging with a particular community.

Because of the debate video project, I’m a bit behind on the final video for the class but I’m working away at it and I really think it’s going to be fun. ๐Ÿ™‚ Should be up here in the next few days!

Draft 2: Video Updates

Progress!!! Maybe…

Here’s the second draft with music:

Here’s the second draft without music:

As you may have noticed, I am still missing about 45 seconds worth of visual. I want to get some footage from the Digital Ethnography classroom for this portion, but I haven’t been able to snag it yet. It is on my list of things to do. I don’t really know how I feel about all the visuals I’ve put together so far. I really enjoy the mural at the end and I think the last bit of walking down the long hallway in kedzie are well suited to the music and the poem, but I don’t know that the rest of it works nearly as well as I’d like. At least the audio is much clearer this time! ๐Ÿ™‚

Any ideas?

where to next? a plan!

Well, draft 1 is a bit underwhelming. Never fear! Where the visuals are absent, I now have a plan of attack. I am still going to re-record the audio (improve the quality, do some editing, &ect) but, given the current recording, I’ve made the following notes on what is to come.


I am interested in capturing the mood of the lyrics without dramatizing them or doing really obvious illustrations. The absence of people in the majority of the video will (hopefully) create space for the words to be absorbed.

1:00-1:15, start in a classroom, end walking out of the classroom
1:15-1:30-1:37, start in a hallway, look at a crowded bulletin board, walk out then go outside
1:37- 1:57, walk through alley in aggieville then past SOS
1:57- 2:22, walk around digital eth classroom
2:22- 2:32, show me sitting in the classroom
2:32-2:52- outside, have camera pan around in a circle
2:52-3:08- walk up a staircase
3:08-3:11 look down stairs
3:11-3:51 run out of the building and keep going
3:51-3:52 stop running and look around
3:54 4:47- i wan’t to bring people back now. the community spoken into existence should be a group of ppl, maybe just together, maybe holding hands, and just looking over each of the people involved
4:47-5:00- end up looking at me, speaking the last words to the camera

Cracks/Fissures Draft 1

It’s been an exhausting and inspiring weekend. I returned from the Great Plains Poetry Pile Up earlier this afternoon. Over the course of two days, I got to see over 30 poets and over 100 poems. There’s no way to encounter so many words and NOT be moved- I was no exception.

I wasn’t very happy with the direction of the video I’d been working on. The mash-up collage was unable to express the sort of cohesion or conclusion I feel the ending needs. So I wrote up a poem/narrative that both explicates and demonstrates the alternative methods of learning I advocate. I also scratched all the found footage so far even though I haven’t found something to replace it. Unfortunately, I did not bring a camera with me this weekend, or even check one out.

Since I’ve changed up the direction of the video, this first draft is less far along than I’d like. Stil, it has the footae from the begining with new music and a possible track playing during the audio of the poem for the second half.

Here’s a link to the text of the poem:ย

I would like to record the poem in the sound booth and then star working on hunting down visualizations.

The Male Gaze meets Xploitation Films: Feminism and Cinema in 1973


I made this video for a class presentation in English 830. I’m pretty excited! I never would have been able to put together a video for a class project before taking Digital Ethnography and I think the form is particularly well suited for exploring Laura Mulvey’s theorizing on the Male Gaze. It is far more effective to show audio and visual than to just talk about it for ten minutes.



fat tuesday adventuring

This year, for Fat Tuesday, I decided to take the suggestion literally. I invited a handfull of friends over for an Epic Mealtime themed dinner. If you haven’t watched their videos on youtube, you should srsly do so. Immediately.

The lovely Aaron Abbott ย (of Bacon & Eggs in the Morning) live-blogged the event, capturing all sorts of pictures of our monstrous creations. You can read his account of Fat Tuesday here. While you’re there, I recommend checking out the rest of his blog Bacon is my ย Anti-Drug. The content is primarily playlists from his radio show on the Wildcat 91.9, but there are also some posts on food, interviews with musicians, and cultural commentary.

It’s a good thing I’m giving up meat for Lent. After all that bacon, I’m not sure I could willingly eat any for a long time. ๐Ÿ™‚