I Have No Idea What I’m Doing

By assignment 4, I made a little discovery about myself that I feel has had a long time coming: I have no idea what I’m doing. I have no idea how to get a good angle, how to get the right sound, how to create a narrative structure, how to splice together different clips so that the video and sound balance, or how to make an actual video altogether.


Michelle has no idea what she’s getting into.

I had no idea what to do for my video essay.

So what did I do? Well, I decided to take all these frustrations and reflect them in my video essay instead of doing something creative or feature-like or worthwhile or, you know, good.

The whole idea of my video is that I wanted to film someone who has no idea what they’re doing, just like me when it comes to making a video essay! I asked my friend, Michelle, who has hardly ever touched a video game, to play some of the ones I own. I set her up with a number of different games of various genres (adventure, shoot-em-up, survival horror) and filmed her attempt at figuring out what to do. I only told her the name of the game and the most basic controls, like how to move, before loading a random part of the game for her to play.

Her different reactions were entertaining, and I think I got a few good shots, but my actual video fails to meet any expectations. It doesn’t have a clear story! There’s no structure, no narrative, no beginning, middle, end. I don’t know how those professionals are able to do it, but I seem to lack the ability to picture how a video will look and then put that vision together piece by piece.

I should have included an interview with Michelle before or after I made her play the games in order to give my video some kind of sense of structure or progression. Maybe more shots of her playing from different angles? This video caused me to panic a few times.

Still, I held out in the end and managed to get my video published. Editing wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. It only took me about 2 hours to finish it. The worst part was trying to edit the audio when Michelle screamed. I couldn’t tell what was the appropriate level that’s low enough to NOT cause a heart attack but high enough to actually hear. The trick Professor Collins taught us last week with using the audio pen was helpful in this struggle!

Here’s my video, but don’t expect anything grand or eventful or thematic! Like I said, I have no idea what I’m doing.

2 thoughts on “I Have No Idea What I’m Doing

  1. Nolan, Sarah C

    Jacqueline, don’t be so hard on yourself! Although you said you were not sure what you were doing or what approach you wanted to take, I applaud you on your creativity. My only suggestions would be to add more variety of angles. It seemed like you were in a dorm room so space was limited, but that can be easy to work around. Also, I would have included an interview with Michelle as you pointed out in your reflection. I really enjoyed the idea of filming her first experience with these video games, so maybe you could include soft underlying audio of the theme song for the different games? Honestly great job though for not knowing what you were doing. As Professor Collins pointed out you thought outside of the box like a producer.

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