It’s been a few weeks since I first pitched my Digital Artefact idea for BCM325 Future Cultures. As I have been working on it and have received feedback, the project has changed a little. Previously, Josh Sorensen and I planned to write and produce a podcast set about 30 – 40 years in the future about two isolated individuals, who having missed the apocalypse, find each over radio and try to discover what happened. The difficulties of producing this podcast with the lockdown and remote learning have proven to be substantial. Combined with a suggestion from some feedback that I blog about the writing process, both Josh and I have shifted our focus primarily to writing.
My plan for this project now is to focus on writing:
working towards completing the scripts and have some posted online,
Producing a few short blogs on the writing process, and
Social media is often criticised for promoting a sort of ‘speak-before-you-think’ mentality. Regardless of your opinion of this statement, it is always good practice to examine the work you have produced, including social media posts. This is especially true when those social media posts (in this case, tweets), are produced in an academic or professional environment. So let’s take a look at some of the highlights of my first few weeks of live tweeting the films I have been watching for BCM 325: Future Cultures.
Week One – Metropolis (1927)
Having not tweeted during class for a long time, starting with a film I had seen before (albeit a while ago), was a nice way to begin the semester. Amongst the tweets I prepared beforehand was my personal favourite for the week, and coincidently, the tweet that performed best when looking at the analytics of that week.
Previously, I posted my online Digital Artefact Pitch for BCM 325: Future Cultures. However, the point of a pitch is to receive feedback on what others think. To help with this, a comments schedule was created so that everyone in the class could receive peer feedback on their work and also have the opportunity to give critical commentary.
For me this was an interesting experience. Whilst I am used to providing workshopping commentary in the context of creative writing, I have never had to deliver critical commentary and suggestions for a Digital Artefact in this manner. What follows, is a summary of my bumbling navigation of critical commentary on some Digital Artefacts.
Trying to be Helpful
The first pitch I looked at was a blog post series titled the ‘Future of Freelance Film Making’, by Jake Keighran. This series of three posts would explore the future of freelance…
Below you’ll find a video pitch for a Digital Artefact project I am completing in a subject at university called Future Cultures. This subject examines the tensions between representations of our future in popular science fiction films through the ages and our lived realities.
I have been interested in podcasting as a medium for a long time now, and I feel this idea and subject seem to fit well into the project. As both Josh and I are creative writers, it is also an opportunity for us to not only explore writing for this medium, but also get feedback outside of the writing workshops of university. And of course, to build a portfolio of work and online presence.
The premise of the podcast came to me whilst I was listening to a discussion in my documentary class about how we might make a collaborative documentary while our contact is…