This is a compilation of the footage we have captured as a group. We want to make a video of advocacy. Our thought is to take this footage to make an average person’s daily routine without any paralysis or spinal cord injury. It is essentially the little things that we take for granted in life. We want to make the audience think and relate to the video in some way. In this portion we want to raise awareness that people with spinal cord injury may have a different daily routine than this. We will then bring the video to videos we find online of people with paralysis and spinal cord injury. This part is meant to be more uplifting. We want to create a positive spin here and show how inspirational these people with the injury can be and how they overcome obstacles. The last section will move the audience to create some sort of action to help this cause.
Social media is a great way to spread the word in this day in age. If this was for a personal cause and agenda, I would go through as many social media platforms as possible. Examples of the platforms would be Facebook, Twitter, WordPress, and even LinkedIn. These videos will already be embedded in the social media platform, or it will be one click away. Furthermore, they are also one click away from the Christopher Reeves Foundation website where they can learn more and learn ways to help the cause. They can also donate directly to he Christopher Reeves Foundation. I would also email to all my family members and ask them to share with friends, family, and co workers. This way the video can be shared and reach the optimum amount of people.
I think our group reached a mile stone when we discussed the storyboard in class. I believe that we reached a group consensus of what direction we wanted to go in terms of our video. We decided that we want a more positive spin on the video and we did not want to just play the emotional and depressing perspective to the audience. Instead, we decided that we want to inspire the audience. We want to make a video of how inspiring these people with spinal cord injury can be and inspire the audience to help them achieve their goals and successes.
I think we also reached a milestone when we discussed the storyboard and how we wanted to actually achieve this perspective to the audience. We made a plan to try and shoot and gather as much as we can outside of class so that we can start to compile and put videos together. We want the audio to be uplifting. We want the video to illustrate the successes that people have achieved with a spinal cord injury such as a marathon in a wheelchair. We could use screen casting for this part.
I think we may run into trouble with shooting footage with a camera. The sound will be difficult to capture in good quality. I also think we may run into difficulty all meeting at the same time to shoot any footage. I know that I personally have a really busy schedule the next few weeks, but I will make every effort to make myself available for my group to make a quality video.
Our idea and storyboard will be one about advocacy. We decided to relate to the viewers first. The first link is an image of someone walking up stairs. Our idea is to show images and videos of people doing every day things such as walking upstairs, using a cell phone, and even a simple daily routine. Then we want to transition the focus for the audiences on some facts about spinal cord injury and paralysis. After this, we want to bring in some positive light and find videos and instances of successes and overcoming obstacles from people living with such a condition. The middle link is of a video of a man living with spinal cord injury. It tells his story of how he got his spinal cord injury. Then he tells how he overcomes some obstacles and gives a realistic picture. At the same time, he is very positive and he promotes a wheelchair race. We could take the parts of about how he overcomes obstacles or parts about his rehabilitation. This sort of sends the message to the audience that they do a lot to help themselves. The next part would be to video a video or way to express to the audience that this is not enough and that everyone should be helping anyway they can. The last link it to the song. The song is called, “All A Dream.” I think it has a nice melody to it. We could possibly use this song for the beginning with the collages, photos and videos of relating to people and/or for the parts where there will be facts about spinal cord injury and paralysis. It sort of has the emotions behind it that we could match the fact with this song and how those simply daily routines may not be as simple for some people.
I think my group is thinking all in the same direction. There is a very slight possibility that we can make an inspiring video of a particular individual with paralysis; however, we all understand that is likely not going to happen. We agreed that we wanted to do a video about awareness. We all really want to make a video that is going to be effective and make an impact. The purpose of the video is to make people think about this and take action. We want them to either keep this in the back of their minds and make an effort to learn more, and hopefully try to make a difference themselves. Depending on the exact details of how we go through with this project and video, we may make it for different audiences. We can make the audience college aged kids, or raise awareness in general. For my idea and storyboard, I did make the audience college aged kids. I think this audience is relevant to ourselves, and is not a likely target audience. I do think it can be helpful though. Our age will enter into the workforce soon, but are not fully there yet. We can donate our time for right now, but we will be able to donate our money soon as well. I think raising awareness for our age is important.