Earlier in the semester we worked on visual narratives and it was fun! I had the chance to go down memory lane and talk about my move from Denver back home to the DMV. I’m glad to be back home and I don’t really miss Colorado too much.
Here is my visual narrative called “The Urban Nomad.” Be sure to check out the PDF and let me know your thoughts!
Below is also the final documentary about my brother Jamile McGee and his life after So You Think You Can Dance. I had a great time filming with him and the family, but I’m glad the process is finally done.
After receiving feedback on my visual narrative, I decided to stick with the theme of urban nomads for our upcoming assignment. The next project in my English 3084 class is a Multimedia Documentary. I’ve never had the chance to work on a documentary, but I’ve always had this desire to film one.
The genre of Multimedia Documentary is an innovative outlet for creative expression. Documentaries allow you to take a simple concept and expand on it through various perspectives. The usage of multimedia allows the creator to carefully and critically use multiple elements of media to convey a message. If executed properly, a multimedia documentary can literally change someone’s train of thought and viewpoint on a certain topic.
I’ve personally always been a huge fan of documentaries and since the addition of Netflix Instant Streaming on my Ps3; I’ve been able to watch an immense amount of thought provoking documentaries. Documentaries are an important genre in film due to their ability to reach national audience. I have the option of traveling the world and experiencing another lifestyle without having to leave the comfort of my home. Of course, I am a huge fan of traveling and experiencing other cultures; but documentaries are a powerful and educational insight into topics that may be foreign to my daily happenings.
This week in out Multimedia Composition class, I had the chance to view some documentaries produced by students at the University of Colorado (the school I attend.) It was amazing seeing how much information can be packed into a small amount of time. The documentaries were concise and informational, as well as inspirational. It’s important for everyone to find an outlet for their beliefs and passion in life. Whether it’s through art, music, film, dance, writing, and other forms of creative expression; it’s important that you express how viewpoints on life.
I’m looking forward to begin working on my Multimedia Documentary and exploring the concept of life after reality television. I think it’s important that people realize what life is like after being a reality television sensation and a multimedia documentary is the best way to shed light on this topic. I plan on watching some more documentaries this weekend on Netflix and hopefully gaining more inspiration.
It took me a few days to mentally gather my thoughts and begin work on my visual narrative. On Saturday night I grabbed my laptop and began typing away. My initial thought was to begin my story at the moment before we picked up the moving truck and sad our final goodbye to the state of Colorado. Once I started with that aspect of the story, everything else seamlessly followed.
I wanted the story to be a glimpse into my life as an urban nomad. Every year I’m moving somewhere different or taking a road trip back and forth across the country. The difficult thing about working on this narrative was trying to incorporate the important details without writing a short novel. I could have easily wrote an entire book about every hilarious thing that happened on my trip and all the mind blowing conversations my mom and I had while trapped in the truck for five days. But in order to meet the word count and stay within the guidelines for the assignment, I focused on the important moments and the emotion I felt.
The photos I selected where pictures I had taken during the road trip. Each photo was strategically placed within my visual narrative to convey a message that emphasized the journey. At first I only used a few photos in certain sections of the story, but then it felt as though something was missing. The photos were place in chronological order through out the story and I like the result. The first image is a shot of the highway ramp in Colorado and the last photos are pictures of Washington, D.C. and me spending time with my mom and dad.
The conflict/tension in the story is honestly the moment when I found out how long are road trip was going to be. I couldn’t stomach the idea of being trapped in the truck for five days instead of three, but my mom’s great personality and my wild sense of humor mad the time bearable. Once we got through out journey and the agony, everything finally came together when we crossed over into the Virginia state line. I was finally back home in the DMV and Colorado was becoming a distant memory.