By Scott Trudeau


January 13, 2008

I recently came across an article posted on the American Film Institute blog that spoke about the lack of visual literacy in our society.
The article stated that, for such a media immersed culture, we have a difficult time creating visually compelling stories. It went on to add that most of us use our home video cameras to “document an event rather than tell a story” such as birthday parties or weddings (in all honesty, I find most people’s home videos, including my own, about as entertaining as watching my grandmother quilt a pair of mittens).
Peruse YouTube and it won’t take long to realize how true this statement is. Most of the videos on YouTube document some sort of event and they lack creativity and sophistication. With the availability of inexpensive video editing software why isn’t there better content? My guess is that people are not being taught how to create more engaging stories.
Let us rise up and end home movie mediocrity! We must bridge the visual literacy gap and teach good storytelling and encourage more compelling filmmaking.
You can start by giving the AFI Blog a good read.


  • By Bard Williams - 7:30 PM on February 4, 2008  

    I totally agree, Scott! If YOU had to share a TOP FIVE list of tips for “combating movie mediocrity” what would they be?

  • By Daniel - 4:25 PM on July 6, 2012  

    Creativity and sophistication, you hit the spot. From 2008 to date I still see the same problems in home videos.