My topic is my grandfather’s service in Guam during World War II and my father’s telling of that story from when he was a child. I have made real progress in collecting material for my video, it’s just a matter of putting it all together. At this point, I’ve done a 40 minute interview with my dad and scanned in over 70 pictures. So I definitely feel like I have enough material to put it all together. The open lab was really useful in learning the technical part of production.
My problem now is refining my argument. I keep avoiding a more abstract idea on historical memory, feeling like typical history classes want you to come up with a history-specific topic. Kelly suggested that I compare my dad’s telling of World War II to the descriptions of it in history books. That’s definitely a workable thesis that would be easy to implement, but I keep thinking it needs to be more complex than that (apart from the fact the professor suggested it, so obviously it’s not, lol). But I think I’m encountering some growing pains with digital storytelling. It’s not the same as a written paper. We’re doing so much more showing versus telling, so our arguments can convey more layers in a simple argument than we would in a linear paper.
As far as voice-over, I want to purely use the voice of my dad, and if I have to add more information in, I think I’m going to put text on a screen, at least that’s how I envisioned it on my storyboard. And like many others, I found the storyboard extremely useful in planning how I was going to organize my story and the elements that I needed to work on.
Another unexpected thing regarding the objectivity question and family stories–in some ways it’s easier to produce a video with family stories because you know them so well, yet it’s hard to objectively analyze them because you have so much emotional attachment.
Also–if anyone knows of any good sites where I can get free music, let me know!