Creating a piece of composition in a format other than just typing a paper was the first shocking experience of this grueling project. We asked ourselves what we knew about creating a piece of digital media and reluctantly replied in unison, not a thing. To our dismay there was nothing else we had to go on besides basic blog creating abilities and what Andy knew about the subject matter, having studied Nietzsche in a previous class.

The idea for the project stemmed from Andy’s exposure to various rhetoricians studied in a previous class. Of the rhetoricians that were studied, the one who spoke in a way that was not too dense to comprehend the first time reading through, but also sophisticated at the same time, was Friedrich Nietzsche. “On Truth and Lies in a Nonmoral Sense” is the only piece that Andy was familiar with of Nietzsche’s work, therefore it was the one chosen to be used. The way in which we came up with quotes to use was very simple. We each spent time with the text separately and highlighted portions that we felt explained in a few words what his argument is. (See the “Nietzsche in the Digital World” section for details on his argument). The quotes that we agreed to search for in the text were intended to be ones that help explain the story line seen in the video. He literally begins the piece with “Once upon a time…” and we felt that keeping that story line feel would be the best way to conduct a digital recreation of our interpretations. We compared each highlighted section and felt that the ones we both found interesting would work the best. Any that we highlighted individually would be reviewed and decided if they would fit into the piece. Once the quotes were decided upon, we drew out a storyboard on paper which ended up being about 5 pages long with 6 slides per page. The pictures at this point had not been chosen, so we worked with the text and interpreted what Nietzsche said and tried to decide what visual aid would work best with the text. This was the most difficult part of the process because a picture cannot say the same thing as his text, but we tried to choose images that would do so with the least amount of confusion. At some parts, multiple pictures were needed to portray the argument, such as the metaphors used in war propaganda.

Initially we were unsure of what program that we wanted to use. We were fairly sure that we wanted to use a Mac-based program since they are known to be leaders in the digital media world. The decision about what software to use came with a few questions that needed to be answered. First off, we asked ourselves what program we thought would work for two students with absolutely no audio/video editing skills? Which programs do we have accessibility to? And finally, what program would work best for our specific needs, which would deal primarily with pictures, text and audio and no video? The decision to use “Final Cut Professional” was initially decided upon but because we answered our first question, what skills do we have, with nothing in mind, we went with the more basic program “IMovie” that comes standard on Macs.

Creating the video was a real challenge, to say the least. We started playing around with the features and learned the entire thing by trial and error. By the time that we finally got a hold of it we now had to start putting the story board to action. Finding photographs to fit the quotes was a lot more difficult and time-consuming than we thought it would initially be. Trying to find the perfect match for our argument and also a workable size into the video were challenging. This was the bulk of the workload involved in the project and took us a few weeks to get everything laid out correctly.

Once the photography aspect of the slide show was finished, sound editing posed an even harder challenge. Getting the audio to match up with changes in the pictures took a few days. The initial sound clip was much longer than the final version but cutting up the audio took precision that we never anticipated. Simply deleting a segment of the song would not suffice, as there were specific parts of the song that needed to go with accompanying photographs and phrases/quotes.

The audio, visual, and textual components of the video are meant to work together to create a story-like feel to our depiction of Nietzsche’s work. They each play their part in shaping our argument and work together to form one coherent piece of digital media. The text, both direct quotes and our own interpretations of the text, forms the structure of the story-line, the pictures give visual aid to the text and the audio carries it through from introduction to climax and finally to a conclusion.

We hope you enjoyed it!