Here is a sample pecha kucha for my ethnographic film class, based on pictures that I took for Michael’s first day of school.
It took me a couple of hours to take the pictures, do some light editing, and place them in a timeline (twice, because of the earlier mistake). It took me then another hour and a half to write/record the script. I rushed the job, as you can tell from the differences in the audio, and I didn’t spend as much time editing the audio as I should have.
Better late than never! After getting back from Ghana last summer, I ended up finishing the summer getting ready to spend the year at the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University, and left a number of chores unfinished.
We’re getting ready for the next trip in the summer of 2012 – this time, it will be led by Prof. Helen Cho.
As part of my 2009 ANT 372 class on analyzing media and producing ethnographic film, one of the first exercises I had my students do is to produce a pecha kucha – 20 slides, 20 seconds. A pecha kucha is an alternative media presentation style, a way to avoid death by powerpoint. It has spread globally through “pecha kucha nights,” events that have been described as “thinking and drinking” or “poor person’s TED.” Anyway, I had never made a pecha kucha, and to be fair to the students, I made one simultaneous to their making one, and presented it when they had to. I was rushed, as you can tell by the poor sound quality.
This will be one of the first projects that I will have you do in this class as well.