Video Assignment #2: iPhone Product Review


I chose to do the product review video assignment because I do not think I can emphasize enough how important easy, instant, and engaging communication is to my generation these days. The plain and simple fact is: iPhone make life easier. I feel comfortable saying that for many reasons. They eliminate a wide range of chores and errands that would require substantially more effort and time. Instead of making the journey all the way to the bank to deposit money into my account, I can easily do that from the comfort of my bed or, in more urgent situations, I can transfer money into my checking account at the register at any given store.

Not to mention, the iPhone gives us immediate access to weather reports, sporting event scores, the news (I have the CNN app, which I LOVE), popular recipes, an on-the-go camera to capture any moment one may deem picture-worthy, etc.

In all honesty, the iPhone has changed my life. I have spent the majority of my life away from home. I went to boarding school during my teenage years and have lived in an off campus house for most of college. This means I do not get to see my family or my friends from my hometown on a regular basis. My iPhone has made it possible for me to keep in touch with friends and family members scattered all over the globe. When I was in Australia, an American-esqe mixing bowl of nationalities, I met friends that lived in Germany, France, Ireland, Japan, Spain, Italy, Dubai, and many other countries as well. Through iMessaging, Facebook messenger, and apps such as WhatsApp, I can easily communicate with them at any given time, for free! What seems like a $1.99 application, to me, is truly invaluable. I do not underestimate the significance of these methods of instant communication. How else would new media be so popular and possible?!

My Process:

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I used the MacBook PhotoBooth application to record my video. I then uploaded my recording to YouTube and properly embedded the URL into this post. I used a vibrant, colored tapestry as my background to give off an aura of modernization, like how the iPhone has modernized accessible and immediate communication between individuals and groups of individuals.

Video Assignment #1: Vine it!


Please view my vine at the following link: Vine1

This was a tricky assignment. With only six seconds of video, it doesn’t leave a whole lot of time for creativity. But in my opinion, I managed ok! This Vine video is a very accurate depiction of my daily life. I have spent the majority of the past few years being a student and a waitress at Home Team Grill right next to UMW. Although serving has been a great experience (most of the time!), I am excited to move on to the next stage of my life!

I found Vine very easy and accessible to use. Once I had downloaded the app, it took me through a complete tutorial on how you properly use it! It was very manageable and I had a lot of fun experimenting with different combinations of clips. It was hard to chose the shot because I could only include a few, but I knew I had to have a cup of steaming coffee in there. Coffee has become my lifeblood since taking on summer classes and remaining a part time waitress at HTG.

This Vine video assignment also sparked an idea within me. I really want to put together a video of my fellow servers imitating their most annoying customer requests and complaints. I think it would be really funny for people to see the ridiculous things some people ask. It might even shock you!

My Process:


I used the Vine application and Vine application tutorial to learn the ropes of this fun program! Like I said before, I experimented with a great deal of other 6-second long videos, but the one I posted was definitely my favorite!