Audio or Video Clip (1-3 min)

Create a 1-3 minute audio or video “story” about your subject (10% of course grade or 100 points).

It will be due before class on 12/3; post a copy to YouTube or Vimeo and then embed the link in your Blog.

Think of the video/audio clips as a way to flesh out the broader context–historical, social, or cultural–of your story. These mini-stories should be focused around a central question or idea, they should use primary source materials (the interviews, photos, objects, and other resources you’ve collected) to illustrate the idea, and they should draw on the secondary source research that you’ve done to provide a broader context for understanding the subject. They should be no longer than 3 minutes.

You have two options for this project. Choose ONE:

  • Using the free Audacity sound-editing tool (or another app, like Garage Band), you may edit the “Oral History” interview into a manageable “story” about your subject, following the basics of good digital story-telling (which we will discuss in class). The “Story Corps” format provides a good model to follow for this option (see: OR
  • Using readily available presentation tools and/or video editing software (WindowsMovieMaker,iMovie, Adobe Voice, Kate’s Video ToolKit, Power Point), create a short video about one or more of the primary sources or material artifacts you have discovered related to your project (primary sources might include newspaper accounts, diaries, interviews–including your oral history interview–or other direct reflections on historical persons or events; material artifacts might include photos, tools, crafts, objects and architecture). Situate these artifacts within the larger story you want to tell about your person, event or community–how do these resources define the person, inform us about the event, build (or reflect) the community, etc.
    • For example, if you want to write about the former “Black Wall Street,” you might interview current and former North Tulsa community members about the importance of the Black Wall Street (option one); you might conduct a virtual walking tour of the area as it is now (option 2), or you might analyze the history and design of the Black Wall Street monument that now sits in front of the Greenwood Cultural Center (option 3).
    • Keep it simple and focused (i.e. choose only ONE of these options, not all of them at the same time).
  • Videos should include explanatory material in the form of a voice-over-narration, intertitles, subtitles or some combination of these tools. Simply showing images with a nice melodic overlay will not cut it; there must be some expository content and a clear purpose to the video essay. How does it contribute to the larger story you want to tell?
  • For tips on making video essays, see Miriam Ross and Greer Fyfe, “How-To Video Essays” The essay includes many helpful “how-to” appendices, which feature step-by-step guides to finding and editing video using iMovie, Windows Movie Maker, and even social video sites like Vine. It also explains how to upload your content to YouTube.