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Digital Storytelling

As of about three days ago, I can finally say that I have completed my digital story for my Becoming Globally Engaged Seminar! And let me tell you, this project has been an absolute roller coaster ride. I knew from the time that the project was announced that I wanted to film mine over the subject of human trafficking, but, at the time, I had no idea how many different roadblocks I would face. My first mistake was choosing to procrastinate the assignment until about two weeks before the due date, my second mistake was failing to recognize that I had no pictures or videos of my experiences with anti-trafficking.

However, I was lucky enough to have a friend that works on the #Enditmovement that helped me to gain access to all of their public service videos from the past five years. The next challenge that I faced was deciding exactly what I wanted my video’s purpose to be; I initially intended for it to be a personal narrative of my involvement in anti-trafficking. However, I soon realized that this was an excellent opportunity to spread awareness on the extent of human trafficking and how others could get involved with helping to end it. My video still highlights a few of the ways that I have gotten involved with anti-trafficking while at OU, but I tried to shift the focus onto the greater problem at hand – the 27-milllion people who are currently living within the confines of modern slavery.

The next step in making my video was choosing background music. Music has always been a big part of my life and I wanted to make sure that the song I chose reinforced the message I wanted the video to convey as a whole. I was initially drawn to two different songs written specifically about the issue of human trafficking, but, although they are moth great songs, neither one of them fit the tone of empowerment that I wanted my video to have. I spent about two hours going through my entire I-tunes library before I finally settled on Save Me by Remy Zero. The only time that I had ever listened to that song was when I watched Smallville in the 8th grade, and I had never taken the time to really listen to the words. However, after listening to the song again I realized that it was absolutely perfect for the video.

Overall, I think that making this video has been an incredibly rewarding learning experience and my final video is better than I would have ever expected. With the development of technology, and its integration into the school and work places, I think that it is extremely important that students be as well versed in the different forms of technology as possible. This project was really beneficial for me in learning how to work with video software, and the most productive ways in which to format my video in order to maximize its effectiveness and communicate with a broad and diverse audience.

The video (without narration) can be accessed through this link: https://youtu.be/kGPfg-BITaA

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