Week Four – Train of Thought Videos. Seemingly Silly Investments That Pay Off.

Today, once again, we were enlightened to another of Jason Nelson’s talents. We explored the notion of videos created without script and using found objects. Looking at Jason’s, it was obvious that sometimes these pieces either flowed excellently, or went off on tangents and became either weird or just confusing.

These videos however, similar to the writing exercise we undertook in week two, forced you to be spontaneously creative while hopefully easing your threshold of embarrassment. They proved that with even the smallest inspiration, you can write or create something completely ridiculous, surprising and even a little bit amazing. It was interesting to see where your mind goes and what you can produce from it.

We were asked to bring in several objects. I brought in a scorpion encased in glass, a wristwatch, a replica ‘Game of Thrones‘ dragon egg, a yellow jumper, a lighter, and a plaster mold of my own teeth. I also found a piece of paper in the classroom with several random words on it. It was something found, and I thought it would be good to utilise considering the boundaries of the task.

I created both a shared video with another person, which was odd, and in my opinion, quite funny. And another on my own which again, I thought was hilarious. I actually loved this activity, despite the fact that I had trouble uploading them on the computer.

Individual Video:

Shared Video [Feat. Lucy Morgan]:

However, when I went to research ‘train-of-thought’  or ‘stream-of-consciousness’ videos later, YouTube didn’t produce anything helpful and I couldn’t find any trace of Jason’s clips either. Google too was less than helpful, with the only videos coming up in the search engine belong to an A-Ha song, or deeply developed short films.

I think this form of hyper-textual media is actually a brilliant way of writing. Both to enhance creativity and spur productivity and inspiration, but also a brilliant technique. If up-and-coming writers were to produce stories this way, well spoken creative narratives with visual media, it would not only prove their worth but also illustrate their ability to adapt to a range of platforms. After all, radical writing is being adopted more frequently.


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