Myself, along with three others in my BCM112 class, have collaborated on our Digital Artefact and created Five Second Summaries. It’s a Vine-based presence where we summarise aspects of our lives (primarily university-based, but also our extracurricular activities) into a short entertaining video. We also have a presence on our Facebook page, and on Twitter through the handle @FiveSecondVines.
Sources Used to Create and Develop 5SS:
1. PopUp – https://www.youtube.com/user/popuptalk
PopUp is a past digital artefact for BCM112 and one of the first digital artefacts that we were shown in class. It was one of the inspirations for my group and I to pursue a video-based DA, and its progress and eventual success as a DA was inspirational in showing us what we could achieve with time. It was one of the biggest influences on our original DA idea “On The Spot”, a YouTube-based project involving putting individuals on the spot in a similar fashion to PopUp. The quality and production value that had increased over time was also comforting to us, knowing that we didn’t have to get it perfect first time around, and we could change our idea if needed. After all, Five Second Summaries wouldn’t exist without On The Spot.
2. The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon – http://www.nbc.com/the-tonight-show
Jimmy Fallon is the host of talk show “The Tonight Show” in America, mostly made up of celebrity appearances, discussion of current events and short humorous skits. In particular, the segment “Five-Second Movie Summaries” – where a celebrity would have to sum up a movie plot in 5 seconds – was particularly useful in inspiring our move to Vine over YouTube. It certainly gave us a heading and an overarching umbrella for our content, and gave us a focus; rather than just making short humorous videos, we would make summaries of our lives that would be both entertaining and informative.
3. #TipsForFreshers tag on Twitter – http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/20-top-tips-freshers-twitter-4158461
There are a lot of helpful articles on the Internet in regards to getting settled into university life, however the majority of them, although helpful, are not humorous. This tag surfaced in 2014 as a way for university students to give “freshman” tips on how to survive the transition. The tweets are funny and relevant, and as a new university student I found I could relate to most of what was being said. It provided quite a few Vine ideas and gave me a scope on what sorts of things people liked talking about in regards to the struggles of university.
4. #unilife tag on Vine – https://vine.co/search/unilife
Similar to the #TipsForFreshers tag on Twitter, the #unilife tag is a collaboration of Vines created by uni students who, like us, are attempting to demonstrate the highs and the struggles of university life in an entertaining way. It also showed us the audience we would be creating content for, what was successful, and by viewing what they had already created we were given a community that we could integrate with and add our content to the stream. The hashtag #unilife, which we now use on all of our Vines, will be a way for new members of the audience to access our content.
The biggest focus for us when making Five Second Summaries was to create content that was entertaining for others in similar situations to us. As our project migrated from summarising anything in 5 seconds to focusing on university life, articles such as “26 Things that Make University Students Laugh Every Time” by The Daily Touch became useful in providing inspiration for our Vines. We found that a lot of posts were relatable and as such this made them funny, and was crucial for us in realising that our content would be funnier to a target audience such as other university students.
6. Reelseo Article: 11 YouTube Mistakes to Avoid: YouTube Stars Offer Tips for Success – http://www.reelseo.com/youtube-mistakes/
This was a go-to for me when we started our project, way back with On The Spot. Firstly, I wanted to know how to make videos that would be successful and easy to watch, rather than cringe-worthy and not funny. This article documents the blogger (Mark Robertson) talking to 11 successful YouTubers, and asking them to share tips on what to do and what not to do. The article helped to drive home some key points – that our content should be original, authentic and relatively short. By switching our platform from YouTube to Vine and changing our focus to something we can consistently maintain, I believe that we are trying to uphold these three ideas.
7. UOW Students Buy and Sell – https://www.facebook.com/groups/433277273395380/
This is a public Facebook group I was encouraged to join upon starting university. Despite the name, it is a forum for more than 20,000 members to communicate with each other on various issues and aspects of life at UOW. Recently an influx of humorous posts complaining about parking or shaming bad drivers were inspiring for us and we have since created 2 Vines relating to parking at UOW. As the majority of our audience will be other students from UOW, we can create content that is more meaningful and interesting by focusing on topics that will appeal to them, and this page is a great way of finding out what UOW students are impressed or annoyed with currently.
8. The Ellen Show – http://www.ellentv.com/
Similarly to The Tonight Show, The Ellen Show was incredibly useful in providing the inspiration behind our move from On The Spot to Five Second Summaries. The show consists of short skits and humour which appeals to our group, and helped us in our summarising skills. As is evident from our beginnings we were still quite rusty at making our videos funny, so watching shows such as Ellen gave us the skills we needed to find the humour in any situation.
9. The Rise of Vine – http://visual.ly/rise-vine
Although our group had decided to make an entertaining video-based DA, we decided to choose YouTube as a platform because it was widely known and we had used it before. When we changed our idea to 5 Second Summaries, we did some research into Vine as a platform and saw how it had taken off with the help of Twitter, and was good for a collection of short videos – exactly what we were planning to do. “The Rise of Vine” is a graphic that visually displays Vine’s growth as a platform and convinced us to use it as the hub of our DA, alongside a Twitter handle and Facebook page.
10. YouTube vs Vine – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XYOpRa4OGD4
This source has a more personal touch – one of my favourite Vine creators collaborating with one of my favourite YouTubers, making a song about the pros and cons of YouTube vs Vine? But being serious, this video is both funny and persuasive, and manages to make good points regarding the limitations of both platforms. The humour of both Thomas Sanders and Jon Cozart was an indication of the type of humour we wanted to express in our videos. It certainly showed us ways in which Vine can be better than YouTube and played a part in our shift between these two popular video platforms.