Video of the Week

Video of the Week: "The Magic of Making Sound"

I’m not much of a TV person, but I do love a good movie. I love getting swooped up by a good story. A part of that storytelling is also in the sound effects. Thanks to Rushton Hurley’s monthly newsletter for this weeks video!

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Here’s what I’m wondering:

  • Which sound making technique was most surprising to you?

  • Have you ever listened to a podcast or audiobook or anything that has sound effects like this without the video? Were you able to transport to the new place?

  • Have you ever heard of this profession? Would this be a job you’d like to do in the future?

  • Does it bother you that you’re not hearing what actually is? Is this deception? Should filmmakers be able to do this?

  • This video is sponsored by The Weather Channel. Why do you think they chose to do that? Do you think they received their return on investment?

Video of the Week: "Why Is Labor Day A Thing? - A Cowboy Explains"

Labor Day is an American holiday, but most Americans don’t know what they’re really celebrating. Comedy Central is capitalizing on this lack of knowledge. Check it out:

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Here’s what I’m wondering:

  • Do you think the humor is appropriate in this video?

  • What percentage of what you heard in that video are true facts?

  • How do you decipher between what’s a true fact and what’s a joke?

  • How do you think this video compares to last year’s pick from TED?

Video of the Week: "Every Fight Ever"

Sometimes we think our situations are more unique than they really are. I appreciate how this week’s video shows this to be true. Thanks to Jonathan Brubaker for sharing this week’s video. And before you start watching, you might take the advice of one commenter and watch without sound first. What do you think is going on just by their body language?

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Here’s what I’m wondering:

  • Could you relate to this video in any way?

  • How did stripping away the content of fight impact your viewing?

  • How does relatability impact humor?

  • Rank the following in order of impact: body language, tone of voice. word choice.

  • If you were going to write a similar sketch about fights between kids and parents or between friends, what type of things would you include?

  • Do you think this was a positive way to deal with conflict? If so, why? If not, what would you suggest instead?

Video of the Week: "The Possibilities are Beautiful | Full Version | Ulta Beauty"

Makeup companies often receive critique for encouraging a people to be fake. Ulta Beauty is following the lead of many other makeup companies creating advertisements combating against that stereotype. Take a look:

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Here’s what I’m wondering;

  • Whose “voices” are represented in this video? Whose are not?

  • How does playing Alessia Cara’s “Scars to Your Beautiful” in the background impact the message?

  • Do you agree with the message Ulta Beauty portrays in this message?

  • This video shows many different makeup styles. Does that make their claim that “the possibilities are beautiful” more convincing to you?

Video of the Week: "Bill Nye Explains Starbucks Nitro Cold Brew"

Advertising is a science. There’s always some deeper strategy going on below the surface. What do you think is going on below the surface of this new ad from Starbucks?

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Here’s what I’m wondering:

  • Did you feel like Bill Nye fully explained the science of nitro cold brew? Why or why not?

  • How does this ad use ethos, logos, and pathos to try to convince you to drink nitro cold brew?

  • What impact does having Bill Nye in this ad have that a different scientist might not have?

  • Two weeks after publishing, this view only has 53,745 views. Do you think Starbucks has received their monies worth on this video?

  • What would you want to explain in this Bill Nye style?