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Video Art = Artful Video

Video Art = Artful Video

For me, video art and artful video have the same differences, as Macintosh and Apple…. there are none.  Video art and artful video are just two different ways to say the same thing.  Yes there are things that people with argue about difference between the two, but honestly everything is an art in some way.  Some people believe video art is categorized by not being edited, and to me that is a lie.  Any video made by an artist is in some way edited, maybe not the image itself, but I highly highly doubt any artist does not edit their video.  Yes I understand the final image may not be edited, but they do not just go and sell “home videos”.  They sell pieces of art.  Planning is a form of editing, just because the final image is one shot does not mean it is not edited, or everything on YouTube would be video art, but it is not.  Most are just “home movies”.  I believe there are no difference between artful video and video art, but there are categories unmentioned.  Cinema is one of those.  It does not fall into the video art category, but it is art.  Just because something has a plot does not give it “unworthy” status in video art.  I am just a bi upset that we did not discuss cinema in this class.  And just because cinema is plot driven and fully post processed does not mean it should not belong in a video art class.  I also think we should have gone over some “rules” of cinematography, because with good cinematography you can make a good finished video or movie.  I know people will say there are major differences between artful video and video art, but the only differences are between video art, cinema, and business video.  Not many people would think there is even business video, others call it commercials, but advertising is full of art.  Those three categories are the major forms of video.  Video art deals with more artful things, as cinema deals with creating a story, and business video deals with trying to get someone to desire what you show them.  In my opinion Business video is the hardest thing to do, because to make a commercial you seriously have to be on top of the ball because you only have about forty five seconds or less.  And you have to get one CLEAR message across and have people only interpret in one way so it will let them do what you wanted them to do.  Video Art and Cinema are easier to do in that sense because they are not intended to have one message they have tons of messages in them and can be interpreted in many different ways.  When it comes right down to it the differences between the three categories are vast and minimal at the same time.  And the best way to describe the differences is, cinema uses cinematography, and video art uses artful cinematography.  I could care less if video artists do not want there video made for the public the fact of the matter is it is video and the point of video is for people to watch it.  I just don’t understand why anyone would care what there work gets called… I mean who cares if someone thinks a video is artful video or video art, the point is someone watched it and has an opinion and that is all you can expect people to have.  And don’t make videos to provoke an opinion, which is just unnecessary.  Always expect anyone to watch it and make what you want and just make it.  That is the whole point just make videos, use peoples opinions to make your work stronger, not to make you upset and angry and make it worse for the viewer.  I know where I stand on what is different, most likely by myself.  I know when I made my video I just did it to have something to do and people will take it as they will.  People will find it may have been too easy, or too whatever… I don’t care about other people think of me or my work, but I do care that they think about it that is the only thing I want people to do.  People spend time on making videos some less than others but you can’t always tell how much time someone has spent on it. My final video is just that point and case, it took me two hours to do.  That is it.  People can spent years on works and still come out with a piece that does not look like they spent years on it.  Art is in every form of video, some more focused on it than others but it is still present, and just because you think something is “bad” try to find something you liked in it. People spend time on them and just find a small piece that was interesting, that is all you need to do.  Have an open mind, and video should be video, and everyone can watch it, if you don’t want people to watch it then just don’t make it.  Even though some videos can be dry, just think it is better than…say history class.  So Video Art = Artful Video, it does not matter what you call it, it is still something that was created by someone, and that is all that matters because it is still ART!  And as they say video art is “unedited”… so is this paper, it does not make it and artful paper or paper art it is still a paper.