How/What/Why: I want to use a video essay to explore subbing and dubbing in film to discuss which might be better to share movies to foreign nations, and which one people might prefer. Generally, I would like introduce and explain the idea of subbing and dubbing, since it is something that I think that most people do not really notice when they watch movies. I want to highlight the benefits of both, and why someone might prefer one over the other. At the same time, I do not want to gloss over the disadvantages of either, so I will go over that as well. Subbing and dubbing movies to share to different nations is definitely important, as films often try to make a profit outside the nation they are filmed for, and it is crucial to understand the purpose of both. To conclude the essay, I want to bring in my personal opinion on the topic, yet open the discussion to anyone who wants to voice their thoughts on the matter of subbing and dubbing.
Type of Video Essay: I think it will be best to do a simple voice-over, with clips from various movies, like the video essay on texting in film. Because I’m doing a comparison of subbing and dubbing in film, I’ll explain each benefit or negative aspect of either or subbing or dubbing, and then show a movie clip that displays that aspect.
Raw Materials: I thought about the films that I considered using for the video essay, and although the list is tentative, I have written it below.
- Frozen (English/original, various other dubbed versions)
- Valkyrie (English/original, German/dub if I can find it)
- X-Men Days of Future Past (English/original, Hindi/dub)
- some sort of subtitled film with helpful annotations (still have to decide/find one)
- some sort of Korean drama/film (also still have decide)
Audience: I don’t have a specific audience that I feel that I have to direct this video essay to, but it is likely that it would be easier to understand and relate to if my audience watched foreign films.
Skills/Software: Because I do not have a Mac, instead of iMovie, I will be trying to use Windows Movie Maker to put everything together. I think that will be most, if not all the video editing I will require.
Additional Skills/Software: Generally. I think that I understand Windows Movie Maker to at least put everything together. If anything requires more editing, then I may need some help on any other program that will help me edit my video more.
10/30 – Find the rest of my clips, start working on a general outline/script of things I want to discuss
11/6 – Flesh out the rest of my script and start recording/get my recording done so I can start working together all the clips and sounds
11/13 – Have a general/rough draft of the video essay, go over it and edit it, fixing everything so it looks somewhat presentable as a second draft
11/20 – Oral presentation, get some feedback on what my classmates think about the video essay, revise accordingly
11/25 – Have my essay done by this point (hopefully), just finish up any loose ends, any minor details that require attention
Feedback: Is my idea too simple or basic? I wanted to discuss subbing and dubbing as much as possible, but I’m not too sure if I’m presenting it too broadly in this essay.