If anyone was a fan of “Out of Control”, the wacky Dave Coulier hosted show on Nickelodeon, they’ll probably remember a segment known as “Hurry Up!”. During the segment, Dave would take a video clip submitted by a viewer, and “hurry up” a portion of their day that was considered boring, dreary, and otherwise a chore. For example, hurrying up a school day or math test, but managing to slow time back down during recess or some other equally awesome event.
Over the summer, I decided to take that concept and make a ds106 assignment out of it called “Speed Up Your Work Day”. The idea was to both show people what it is I do for a good portion of my day, as well as have a bit of fun with video editing, and seeing how playing around with time affects a digital story. And that’s when I had the revelation….most of what makes storytelling, whether it’s written, spoken, or delivered via video, is pacing. You can destroy the best joke in the world, bore people to tears with a moving personal testament, or leave your audience cold if you can’t match the pace of the story with the context (I hope I managed to to do this with this video).
As we continue to transform how we construct, consume, and dissect narrative in the classrooms with students, it’s important that we look at how video, as well as written text, is being explored. And I use the word “explore” on purpose, as the aesthetic created with audio and video is just as subjective as with the written word. In simpler terms….if you’re doing a video project with your students, see how you can speed up or slow down the video to elicit different emotion or effect by viewers.