I always appreciate a filmmaker who says little prior to a screening; this, as
a way of leaving the film’s meaning and interpretation wholly to the viewer.
(The film is embedded in the prezi, above.) There is plenty of behind-the-scenes-type information to come. Here, I want
simply to clarify and offer a sort of disclaimer regarding what you are about
The Blubaugh video interview took place in
Skype. As I was using a free version, I suppose I should have expected that image-to-audio
synchronization would be rough, and it is, to be sure. Attempting to address
this aesthetic “error,” I had considered using still images of Blubaugh over
the audio (a Blubaugh convention), but (a) I didn’t want to simply copy Andy,
and (b) given that my film is exploring a punk ethos that attends DIY
filmmaking, I decided that the rough nature of the video created appropriate
content. In fact, I finally came to love the scruffy nature of the interview
footage, including the “beep” of Andy’s incoming request from another Skype
user. These are the sorts of details that reveal the complex, cinéma vérité nature
of the DIY experience.
Start the prezi, embedded above, by clicking on the right-arrow icon located at the bottom of the prezi screen. That will load the prezi and give you more menu options, which are located across the bottom.
Get a view of the
whole ecology of this piece by clicking the pegged circle button (). This will zoom you out. You should see all of the nodes,
including catalog copy, introduction, the film, q & a, special features,
bonus artifact, and references.
You may opt to click on More > Full Screen, whereupon you can navigate by clicking the node you want, using the Tab key to go forward, or dragging your mouse to the bottom where the navigation menu (with the directional arrows) will re-appear.
The prezi has a
“Catalog copy” is the path’s main entry point. Click on the header (i.e.,
“catalog copy”), and you will zoom into the node and see its contents more
clearly. You may want to use the directional arrows on your keyboard to navigate within the node. You can also use the scroll feature on your mouse to zoom in/out within a node. Once you have seen all that you want to see within a node, use
the forward arrow button to advance through to the next node in the preset path. (By now, i really like saying
Should you choose
to navigate the prezi “on your own,” that is, not using the preset path, simply
click on a node header (e.g., “references”) to zoom you in to a node. If you become disoriented, you can simply click the pegged circle
button, and you will pull back, once again seeing the whole ecology.