Like podcasts, movies also require a multi-literate understanding of technology, but with movies, the resulting product is a multimodal artifact. Multimodality is the practice of using multiple modes of expression – pictures, audio files, text, video – in conjunction to create a single composition, the combined elements often creating a new meaning as a whole. Multimodality is highly present in today’s media. News organizations like CNN, The Washington Post, NPR, ProPublic, and even local news organizations tell their stories creating multimodal meaning with images, movies, or graphics.
With a program as simple as iMovie, writers can compose meaningful pieces, drawing from a multitude of sources. Even with such rudimentary tools as are available on a basic, factory MacBook Pro, I am able to compose an informative piece in a much more entertaining way than simple text would allow. Furthermore, visual aids, audio/video allow the message imparted to my audience to be communicated more clearly and quickly in cases where it would be easy to be overwhelmed by jargon. Audiences today have grown accustomed to receiving information in a quick and comprehensive way and videos are a perfect means towards that end.
Using a movie to tell a story creates a much more powerful piece for an audience as it engages multiple senses at once and creates meaning in a way that a single mode would fail to do so. Therefore, having the ability to create movies allows me to compose more powerful news pieces.
This short film was created for a Digital Writing course at UWF and was meant to explore digital personas and postmodern theory.