The video project was great to work on, and I feel as though I really learned a great deal of information through it – not only about video editing, but also about climate change as a whole. For the frame of my project, I wanted to do something similar to my infographic and podcast presentation, but also dive into a different direction by observing a much grander scale effect that humans have on the earth: changing our climate through pollution. Similar to the first two pieces, I decided to make the piece for an audience that is generally new to the subject of climate change and interested in learning more. In framing my issue, I wanted to first establish the fact that our world is precious by showing clips of nature while also narrating the scenes – this set an idyllic tone of appreciation for our planet. Suddenly, I cut this off with an error screen and dive into the meat of my entire piece: climate change as a major problem.
I think that this portion of my piece was the strongest for two reasons. First and foremost, I employed a number of very prominent speeches from esteemed individuals in our world today. From Barack Obama to Leonardo DiCaprio to Al Gore, we see the same fundamental issue being explained over and over again: our climate is in danger, and we must act now. In our class discussions, we talked about having a goal for our piece and a general call to action that we wanted our audience to take. For me, my goal was to capture the massive subject of climate change into one video and my call to action was to simply do something to help – and that is where my narration came into play! Throughout these video clips of famous people in our society, I interjected with moments to talk about how we can help around the house, by talking to our congressmen and women, or by joining activist groups online and engaging with other individuals in the community.
Overall, I think that this back and forth nature of the video was one of the strongpoints of the piece. While it highlighted the massive flaws that we see in our world today, it equally emphasized the ways in which we can start helping right now. Additionally, I think that the audio that I used worked very well. For the beginning, I included the song “What a Beautiful World,” while later in the piece, I included a somber piano song. Together, these set a tone that follows the content of my piece quite well. I chose to move in this direction because I knew that my audience might get tired of listening to me harping on ways to help – instead, the back and forth keeps the viewer engaged and interested in potentially helping my call to action.
If I could change any component of my final product, I would have tried to include more evidence of climate change in my video. Whether this be through a time lapse of polar ice caps melting or through massive rain events dumping down and flooding major cities, I think there are a number of ways to clearly and explicitly show that our world is changing rapidly due to our selfish actions.
— Ben Wilson (@Ben_Wilson_18) May 31, 2017