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Welcome to DS video.
Over the course of these three weeks you will be responsible for producing three videos on your own, and, additionally you will be doing some very short video pieces which everyone will be doing together.
For each of the self-directed videos that you make, make sure that you blog it, reflecting on your experience making the piece and examining how the piece is important, funny, or powerful to you. Remember, these posts must be “substantive, thorough, and reflective.” Here’s more info on what I’m expecting to see in the posts (this is taken from the syllabus):
Also, remember to broadcast your videos on Twitter after you post them.
So what kind of videos should you make?
Well, it’s up to you.
There are three places that you can look for assignment ideas.
The first is, not surprisingly, the internet. What’s trending on Twitter? What’s on the front page of Youtube? What’s in the news that you might riff off of? Let yourself be inspired by this stuff. The goal can be personal expression, social change, or a million views.
The second place to look is the assignment bank for DS106, assignments.ds106.us. There are tons of great ideas including building your own supercuts, 30-second documentaries, making a talkie into a silent movie, and re-enacting your favorite viral video (or just one that’s blowing up right now). Wander through the assignment bank, sort it by most recent (the default) but also feel free to sort it by the number of examples. Check out the work of people who have already done some of these assignments, join the conversation.
The last and possibly most important place to look for assignment ideas is within yourself. What is it that you want out of this video section of the course? What kinds of videos are you excited about exploring? What effects do you want to try out? What is it, finally, that you are interested in learning, and how can you curate your assignment choices to further those specific goals?
As with all assignments, the final products should exemplify thought, care, and hard work. We all come to this with different levels of fluency, but the assumption is that each of the videos should be a product of each person struggling to learn and improve their skills and also, just as crucially, the videos should exhibit your unique “voice.”
How do you find that? There’s only one way to find out.