Liminality: Final Project

For my final project I a video essay that worked with elements of montage and compositing. The word “liminality” has always been something I come back towards. When writing papers in media studies and in general education classes, it was a concept that I revisited in a variety of contexts to help me understand the human condition. It’s a topic I can talk about at length, both in its sociological/anthropological concept and societal necessity as well as its mythopoetic context as an extension of the chthonic underworld and life-death cycles that are abundantly symbolic in world mythology. It often acts as a precursor that alerts me that what I’m about to read will be of interest to me. As such, I thought such a broadly used word would make a great topic for a meandering video essay done in a stream-of-consciousness manner. Some shots have elements more of motion graphics or kinetic typography, abstract imagery that doesn’t imply any causality or cinematic space. Other shots are used independently, clips of stock video and out of context footage. My voice appears with text or with video of myself. This all bleeds together defying attempts to construct a narrative space and leaving the audience with only the ideas, a liminal space in itself. And as liminality is by definition an unresolved state, I left the video on a hanging note, intentionally making it feel incomplete and unresolved.

Video Essay

Here is my video essay assignment. I wanted to play around with voiceover and chose a subject I’m passionate about. I’ve included film and still images from my trip to Alaska in 2019. Enjoy!

Video Essay

Video Essay

York Women’s Volleyball player

The variety of clips stood out to me. In 2:20 sec, the content gave me a sense of how the sport was significant to this person’s (Theresa’s) life.

With the voice over being Theresa’s own voice, you immediately connect to her story. Her casual tone & descriptive script, was a nice complement to the action-type visuals of the game, the energy of the game announcer’s voice & the foot-stomping music.

In addition to voice over, upbeat music set a mood. For example, while showing the team’s Instagram page–which she authors–the music is subtle, plays under the volume of her voice. By contrast, as she pans the locker room, the music is a bit louder, with a bigger tempo.

The content was further described in clips of games & practice/drills. Here she mentioned the passion & talent among her teammates. You see the workout gym, the stadium on game day & team locker room.

She explains her role as a digital author of the team IG page: being responsible to taking videos of team activities, use of iMovie and her goal of keeping followers engaged. Theresa is shown in the small window with picture-in-picture of her scrolling through the posts of the page & googling sites used for stats. You even see the active tabs, like Slack & WordPress, apps that she is using at that moment.