For the revisions of my Wk2 Project: My Digital Story, I took into account recommendations from both Ms. Faria and from the peer review provided by Jinnette Reyes Pantalone.
I left the primary structure of the story in tact, and though recommendations had been made to adjust music, I felt that at this time, they were effective in relaying the emotion behind the experiences represented. However, I may one day find that perfect piece of music that will inspire me to change the music already set to the video.
The first recommendation was from Ms. Faria’s suggestion to remove the hard transitions, like spins and cubes. I changed these transitions throughout the video, and minimized the use of the light flares. I also extended the length of most fades to have a more dramatic transition and impact.
The second recommendation came from Jinnette Reyes Panatones’s suggestion to remove my initial title screen, as it was not necessary for the story. This was removed as suggested, and I am happy with that change.
The third recommendation is a combination of personal interest on my side, as well as a suggestion from Jinnette, to better identify that this is referencing a challenge overcome. While there are a number of resources that could be identified, I felt that was not an effective use of information in this digital story. Instead, I opted to take steps in a further iteration of the video, to be an inspirational video for others who may have the same challenge, or be impacted by others who have a similar challenge. To accomplish this, I added an initial video, which introduces HIV as something that is a challenge to overcome, rather than a death sentence. I proceeded to introduce myself, and my story that followed. To tie this together, I ask a question at the end of the video, “How will you choose to take back your life?”
The reason for this alteration, though it now feels like a new rough draft, is that this falls in line with some of my future endeavors, to help others. By introducing the topic, in conjunction with my MCBS journey, I feel it could have a great impact on encouraging others to step forward, live their dreams, and recognize that HIV does not mean their life has come to an end.