I have collected a number of documentary video sources and stills which will serve as the base of my project. I have been slowly trying to replace what was scripted as voice-over narration with video clips that say a similar thing. After storyboarding, I realized that my current mash up of source clips goal may be a little too…out there? So I decided that I would like to include some interviews with experts. (I am going to the OAH anyway) Interviews will break up the clip stream, and hopefully guide my storyline.
Smashing together talking heads is familiar to me. It puts me in a comfort zone. Using experts takes the pressure off of me. I mean, they said it right? I’m just the middle man. And to be honest, this would make it look like I did more work.
My original plan was to try to use as much source material as possible. I wanted to do a sort of zen, let the sources-speak-type mash up. After story-boarding, I was afraid that it would look like I didn’t do anything but slap together some clips and maybe I would lose any semblance of an argument or thread. So, I am at a crossroads a bit…
Either I can take a risk at weird genius video editing of old footage to tell a story (fairly open to interpretation) about history and film/video, or I can err on the side of caution and have a familiar balance of sources and interviews, with a clear identifiable interpretive focus. I’m sure that the answer is somewhere in between, as usual. Isn’t Tina doing two? I think I’ll do that as well.