ViewFinder is an award-winning visual storytelling project created by my “Advanced Video Storytelling” class at University of Maryland where the students focus on creating compelling natural sound stories. You can read more about the project on their website (http://www.viewfinderumd.com), but here are links to our favorite shows.
Thousands of #IceBucketChallenge videos have been posted online and too many break the basic rules of video production that I teach my students. Here are a few examples of videos that live up to the standards that this disease deserves.
#ALSicebucket Haters, watch this…
More links and analysis
But hold on… this says “73% of donations are not used for ALS research.”
Alanna Delfino (ViewFinder ’14) turned the camera on me for a change after I was challenged by Ulysses Muñoz (ViewFinder ’15) in an #ALSIceBucketChallenge video. I challenge everyone to participate in this social event that draws attention and raises funds for ALS. So I am offering an incentive. http://alsa.org/donate/
How it works
For every student produced #IceBucketChallenge inspired video that tags me (@bethanysstories) and #ALSforEd on twitter, I will donate $25 to ALS. Up to $400 total donation.
This is more than just an excuse to see students and friends get creative. My father-in-law, Ed Swain, passed away in 2004 from ALS. I was there when he died, after years of suffering. I want to see my students produce videos up to the production standards that this subject deserves. And even better if you also give a donation: http://alsa.org/donate/
Thanks Eric Seals for the No Vertical Video reminder.