Everything You Know is a Lie!

Hello, everyone! For my next video assignment, I made a psa about the “true” origin of the nursery rhyme “Ring Around the Rosie:”

This video is based on the question of the week I answered in my midweek post on Wednesday, wherein I reimagined the fairly grim “Ring Around the Rosie” as having a more light-hearted origin–i.e. it being about strongly-scented potpourri.

Like my last video, I edited this one in the video editor on my computer; however, unlike my last video, this one features both pictures and free stock footage, most of which I took from Pixabay,  Flickr, and WikiCommons. I used a news jingle at the very beginning and the very end of the video, and I recorded myself for the voice-over narration, and I edited them both together in Audacity.

One thing I’m particularly proud of is the transition from the image related to the Plague to the first image of potpourri, which happens just as I first say the word, “potpourri;” that was just something I found really satisfying. One thing I found particularly frustrating (as well as a little surprising), however, was the fact that I found it impossible to find any free images or video to represent dizziness or falling over, so I had to leave them out.

I added both the jingle and the clip of the spinning globe to add a sense of authenticity to my video, as if it were a clip from an actual news source–even if the story itself is pretty silly. I might’ve video of myself to add some extra authenticity, but a) I don’t really have a good green-screen, b) I don’t really think my cell-phone or laptop cameras are that good, and c) I don’t think the video editing software on my computer is capable of that kind of editing.

Even so, I think this video turned out pretty good. I hope you enjoy this one, too.

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