Today’s blog post is by Alicia Martin, communications student at Regis College.
Photos by Nicole Jean Turner.
The Regis College Viral Video Symposium boasted more than just laughs on Monday, Oct. 27, at the college’s Fine Arts Center.
With a panel of experienced filmmakers and videographers, viewers of the symposium came out with more knowledge of the phenomenon of viral videos. The panel also served as judges for the first Regis College Viral Video contest and three students walked away with cash prizes for their efforts.
The featured speakers were the duo behind Fatawesome, a viral video channel that has continued to gain more and more popularity, with viral hits like “Cat-Friend versus Dog-Friend” and “If Girls Proposed to Guys.” Jimmy Craig and Justin Parker, who hail from Billerica, proved to be more than just funny personalities; they spoke about a variety of subjects ranging from their own start to the future aspirations they have for Fatawesome and how they come up with ideas for their videos.
The symposium attracted members of the outside community, faculty, and staff as well as Regis students. The event allowed for over an hour of time for the audience to pick the panel’s brains and talk technical about viral videos.
Other guest judges and panelists included David Graves, a former TV producer and media consultant. David now runs Trailside Studios in Weston which produces television movies, independent feature films, and documentaries. David was joined by Lindsay LaPointe, a Regis instructor, dancer, videographer, and video editor. All four panelists offered key insights into their respective areas of expertise — teaching the audience more than just how to make quick, funny films.
Of course, the real stars of the symposium were the Regis students brave enough to submit their work and, for some, it really paid off.
First-place winner Jessica Taylor won $100 for her video titled “Popcorn Dance,” which featured Jessica dancing with a bag of popcorn she received for free from her job at a theatre. The second-place winner, Taylor Raucher, won $75 for her video titled “Sports Merchandise,” which featured Taylor “peeking” at a store mannequin. The third place prize of $50 went to the video titled “Healthy Eating” by Nicole Turner. Turner also won the People’s Choice award for $100, with her video of her dog rejecting a a carrot as a treat.
All six participants submitted hilarious videos, which proved both entertaining and educational.
Wicked Local’s Meghan B. Kelly also covered the Viral Video Symposium; see here. Here’s an excerpt:
...More and more of the Internet’s traffic is devoted to video, said Schorow, and it’s changing the way audiences interact with online content.
“You, the user, are changing the nature of what we used to call the audience,” said Schorow – especially as so many online videos, viral or not, are made by ordinary people and not professionals.
.. Short videos have a way of grabbing the viewer’s attention, especially when they make it to social media, said the panelists. It’s why advertisers and brands are eager to get into the game as the traditional routes of advertising get more challenging. Many young people today, said Craig, including himself, are only watching TV shows online, skipping or avoiding most of the commercials on TV….
Prior to the event, students from EN 500: Foundations Seminar, Introduction to Professional Writing and EN 504: Multimedia and Social Media for the Professional Writer held a press conference with panelists.
Students and other Regis staff also covered the event by Twitter. Here are some of their observations: