I really enjoyed the digital story telling where folks invite us along their morning trek to work. I was up for the challenge, but darn it, wouldn’t you know it, the next day our fall break started.
Plan B. My route to a cup of coffee.
I love Vietnamese coffee. I know they add artificial flavor in it – I’m not naive. How else would you get that heavenly buttery cocoa-ish flavor that I must have every morning! According to National Geographic, Vietnam is the world’s fourth largest exporter of coffee but Bloomberg’s latest puts Vietnam as the second largest coffee producer second only to Brazil.
I was surprised when I first found this out; have you ever seen ‘Vietnamese’ on a Starbucks blend? I hadn’t. Even today if you visit Starbucks’ site you won’t see this country even mentioned in the Asia section. This year Vietnam is having a hard time with their coffee exports. Reading the Vietnamese take on the whole thing makes you wonder what is really happening.
Well, having lived here for four years I can tell you that the vestiges of French colonialism are alive and well; Vietnamese people love a strong jolt of coffee at all times of day. You can see ‘coffee ladies’ on their motorbikes bringing the thick syrupy fix to workmen, security guards, taxi drivers and the like from very early on in the morning to late at night. Plastic tables and chairs line the streets; men lounge, chat and smoke while enjoying ice coffee. I will miss my cafe sua da as we are looking for our next job posting.
But back to the assignment. I hope you enjoy coming along on my short journey to a morning cup of coffee (cafe sua nong – hot). I enjoyed working with Animoto, even the short 30 seconds free trial version. I really had to think about choosing every photo carefully. I was inspired by both the Brochure Without Words and Nate’s post on his use of Slideroll. The idea of minimal use of words – maximum visuals – is much harder than it looks! I decided to place my photos in InDesign to add the dashed lines and a few words; then I exported the pages as jpgs.
I think my Animoto would be better a bit longer so that the movement effects I was going for would be more apparent, but I don’t have any other reason to commit to one visual vehicle yet. Throwing 12 frames into a 30 second slideshow makes every second count! May I recommend you maximize the screen and feel free to hit that pause button.
Create your own video slideshow at animoto.com.