Working with video can be just as fun, and just as stressful as writing. In writing, ideas can flow clearly and easily from one’s pen. The research done for the topic can help the writer to more easily put together ideas and create a workable argument. If writer’s block sets in, it may take days, or even weeks for the writer to push past that wall and continue with the piece.
In video, the same situations occur. Videos seem to fit seamlessly together as if they were meant to go along to that song at that moment, just for the editor. Research increases the likelihood that the creator will have an easier time building a video into what it needs to be, while there is always the possibility of “writer’s” block.
This writer’s (or editor’s) block can stem from a multitude of problems, all of which have a strong possibility to be encountered. The most likely problem is problems with the software. Beginning a project based on video editing with absolutely no editing experience can seem impossible. It can be compared to writing a college level paper with a crayon, some paper, and a twelve year olds brain. Yes you know how to use crayons and paper (computer) and yes you know how to write (build a story) but this is new, and you have a deadline. While this may be a leap, the similarities are still there.
Another possible cause for editor’s block is being unable to efficiently get your message across. On the one hand, an obvious message is boring, and doesn’t really separate your work from that of any other amateur. On the other, having a message that is too deluded can completely submerge the message and hide its meaning. This balance is a difficult one to find, but is a necessary one for a mash up to be considered well done.
Video editing technology is not all bad too work with; it also helps a writer to delve into another level of creativity that they may have previously been unaware of. This is easily accomplished by letting the writer literally show the reader, as opposed to explaining it to them for them to imagine. This new style can help to develop a writer’s skills of creation further, so that in any situation they may be put in, they have a grasp of the process.
While the technology helps the writer to hone their creative skills, it is also a way to help a writer have a basic understanding of a new media outlet. Writing is evolving, and so must the writer. While writing is often defined as using letters, words, paragraphs, etc.; the act of getting a story out to an audience can be considered writing in its own right. With that in mind, the benefits of understanding another form of storytelling are obvious. While this type of writing is still young and can be difficult, as it becomes more common it will be a smooth and stream lined process for the writer of tomorrow.
Through this mash up, the message being portrayed is a reflective one on the occurrence of domestic abuse done against males in modern society and how this abuse is ignored or even laughed at. With that said, the video in no way tries to take away from the fact that domestic violence occurs against both sexes. This was done mainly through a portrayal of fear, shame, and pain that a man in this circumstance would feel. To properly explain how these ideas are demonstrated in the mash up, the next few paragraphs will do an in depth analysis of some of the noteworthy points in the video.
The idea of time is an important aspect of this piece, first portrayed by the very first clip of a metronome. Time is used to show that this is not a recent problem but has always been there. Time is represented by many things within the video, such as the metronome, clocks, aging, older video, and videos that have been reversed. These symbols give the viewer an insight into the age of the problem, without outwardly stating that fact.
The metronome is also a metaphor for the physical abuse itself, in the way that a metronome counts beats in music. This metaphor can only be understood if the viewer has previous experience with music, and can use that knowledge to decipher the meaning. In the introductory part of the video, a montage of time going by accompanied by violence and fear helps to introduce the idea of violence and distress a person in this situation would feel.
The entire video juxtaposes videos of violence alongside oddities and peculiarities. This is done to provide the viewer with a mindset as to just how ridiculous the attack of a partner may be, but more importantly how ridiculous it is that we, as a society, choose to ignore the suffering of a group of people based on their sex.
There are many images of absorption and deflation within the mash up, showing the feeling of loss and pain that a person goes through when they are in this situation. This analogy is explained in scenes such as the man having the life sucked out of him and the man being attacked by giant creatures, but also by the puppet that slowly drips and peels away.
The most prominent message displayed in the video, is that of silence and shame. In this society, men are raised believing they are supposed to be strong and hard-willed, but this is not always the case. That process is represented in the opening of a man’s mind within the film, followed by scenes of pain and suffering. Throughout the mashup, scenes of the three monkeys, calm watered ships, and creatures hiding underground are shown to represent this fear of being emasculated and idea of keeping quiet about what is going on.
The end of the video portrays the fact that this way of thinking will continue. The man’s mind is closed once again, the puppets sit quietly around the television, and the deer stands at the edge of the vacant pit. All is quiet on the outside, but only hides the suffering so many feel on the outside. Time keeps ticking on.