I can’t begin to tell you how many times I have wasted 15 seconds. For that matter, I think my teenage years were a study in wasting time. Think of all the time you might waste in your day? I bet you could find a few minutes that could be put to use to make a video.
The rewards will be great. Making social media videos helps me refine my ideas and find new ones. I am able to take a risk on something that is very low stakes. I am able to find petty fame. I get feedback from people who are interesting (and then loads of spam.) Basically, there are a lot of returns for very little time.
There is also no wrong way to do it. You might start my mimicking videos that you have seen. (But, be kind and credit your source.) You might start and make the video you have never seen. Eventually, you might settle on your voice. In the last few months, I have been focused on stop-motion craft. It has become my voice. I don’t know if that will stay that way. There are a lot of new ideas sort of percolating in my head.
What is nice also, is that it lets you think physically. You don’t need to storyboard or script. You can just directly build your story in your app.
Certainly there are practical ways to think about social media (and below you will see many posts about it.) But, in a big picture way, think of social media video as your chance to create as you wish.
#mobilevideo 2015 overview
My vines can be found here.
I have written a series of short posts about Vine. Enjoy:
Vine Video for Museums: Post 1
How can Museum Educators use Vine?
The Right Audience for Vine
Fostering Participation in Vines
Vine to Share the Museum Experience
Narrative in Vine
Looking at Art through Vine
Vine on Your Own
Vine Interface—An Orientation
Vine and Audio
Stop Motion Tips
I produced these posts as notes in preparation for co-writing this paper for Museums and the Web 2014, with Alli Burness, @Alli_Burnie; Patty Edmonson, @Retrograde_D; and Chad Weinard, @caw_
Our presentation Vine feed is here.
Our workshop in April, 2014 sparked some good conversation, see the Storify.
Many of our participants made some wonderful Vines, check these out.