The Videographic Essay: Practice and Pedagogy

Voiceover Exercises

This storytelling exercise asks participants to select a continuous video sequence from their media object (three-minute maximum, although they could manipulate the clip’s duration) and tell a story over it. What kind of story? That was up to them to decide. But as we all know, telling a story successfully demands attention to vocal delivery. The exercise changed throughout the three workshops, pushing participants to avoid more scholarly language and embrace narrative tone. The final parameters ask that "the voiceover should relay an anecdote, tell a joke, read from some piece of writing, or otherwise provide an independent verbal channel of material not overtly related to the chosen media object. The content could be the participant’s own original material or something that others had written/spoken."

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