Last week in class, we discussed video media and anthropology. Mostly, we shared videos that we liked and disliked. But we also talked about which anthropological subfields work best on video -- the consensus was that all of them work, but that linguistic anthropology is probably the most difficult to translate to video. Then again, none of the students is a linguistic anthropologist, so this could be class bias. We all also liked videos that practiced "edutainment" -- informing us about a topic in a visually interesting manner -- and agreed that anthropology can easily be communicated this way. But there is a limit to edutainment, and that limit is definitely drawn before American Diggers. Yeesh. We even talked a bit about what "accuracy" and "truth" mean in storytelling through video, but I definitely think I was more interested in exploring that topic than the students were.
At any rate, here are the winning submissions this week:
* Second Runners-Up - The team of Becca Booker and Jayne Godfrey used Xtranormal to animate their short explanation of what "cyborg anthropology" is.
* First Runners-Up - Gregg Harding and Tristan Harrenstein teamed up to make a public outreach video for the Archaeology Lab at the Florida Public Archaeology Network headquarters in town. Specifically, their aim is to encourage more people to volunteer their time sorting and washing artifacts. It's a great video, especially the titles and FPAN logos, but they could have used some better steady-cam work in several scenes.
* And the Winners of the Video Challenge - Zach Harris and Andy Derlikowski created this awesome video using iMovie about Andy's thesis project, finding the shipwreck City of Tampa. It's visually interesting, the addition of background sounds enhances the viewing experience, and Andy provides loads of good information in his narrative voiceover. Andy plans to make additional videos as his thesis progresses.