On Kalman and Making Videos

For my last project, I had to make a five minute video(give or take seven seconds) in the style of Maira Kalman. For any of you that do not know, Maira Kalman is an illustrator for kid’s stories. She also has a blog that was the inspiration for the project. (If you want the link, ask in the comments section and I will include the link.) Her style is optimistic and playful, but it does not always seem to make sense. She writes down whatever comes to mind and somehow weaves it all together There is a whole slew of people who have interpreted her style in their own ways, including my teacher.
My job was to determine the rhetoric of a place and interpret that place through Kalman’s style. Being the literary nerd that I am, I chose the library. I have always loved the feel of libraries. They feel like all the centuries of the world in one place.They are worlds in and of themselves and can produce millions of adventures. The books inside are friends when you have none and places to go when you have to stay where you are. It is a history of all subjects. I took a look at the contrast between this historic ideal and certain modern realities, like a coffee shop or DVDs.

This was my first time working with Windows Movie Maker and, since I repel technology, the task was a little bit daunting. My video ended up shakier than I would have liked and I had to reshoot several times because I forgot to shoot my video horizontally. It was a considerable learning experience and I feel like I have learned a lot.  I have now gained valuable insight into how to make videos with original material.

So, do I have any technologically challenged people here, or are y’all all experts that make me want to frown in a corner?


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