There are many people who have established the different ways to wrap a present and though there are subtle variations between each method I’ve found that there are some overarching techniques.

  1. Most people’s methods have generally the same steps in the same order: 1) place your present in a square/rectangular box and place the box face down on the wrapping paper 2) cut the wrapping paper wide enough so it can fully wrap around the box and in the direction perpendicular to that cut the wrapping paper so that it is slightly longer than the box, 3) wrap the wrapping paper around the box, 4) fold triangles with the open ends so that there is no paper sticking out, 5) tape the open ends down
  2. clean lines & wrapping paper fit as closely as possible to the box: people often tape the paper to the box and pull it so that that paper is taut. People will also sometimes add the extra step of creasing the paper.
  3. the wrapping looks perfect from all angles: in order to hide raw cut edges people often fold them in and in order to hide tape people use double sided tape


From the videos today some things I learned were:

  • Telling a story/creating a narrative can capture viewers attention, make viewers investing
  • The more successful videos were not over done. There was no excess information. New information did not always need to be explicitly introduced, with thoughtful hints viewers were able to infer lots of things. A lot of the times, as viewers, we make assumptions/fill in gaps in information without even realizing it.
  • Another thing we discussed was transitions between shots. Thoughtful transitions were very impactful in unifying the videos keeping a consistent through line.

While I was making my photographic storyboard I ran into some problems I didn’t anticipate:

  • How can I imply motion in still photographs?
  • What role do hands play in communicating manual directions?
  • I didn’t realize I would need so many hands. It was impossible to take the photos without a model. Because the wrapping a present is a very fluid process (one step leads into the next/the end of one step is the start of the next/sometimes you’re not finished with one step before you start the next (i.e. holding something in place while you tape the next thing)) it was hard to separate each step into single frame photographs. Therefore, I needed to use hands in each photo to hold everything in place as I created artificial pauses/forced snapshots throughout the process.
  • It was sometimes hard to determine what information was relevant and what the viewer would assume. (ex. steps that were repeated often like creasing each corner, repeating a set of steps on the opposite side — wrapping a present is a very symmetrical process so oftentimes things are repeated)


From last class’ critique I picked up the following things:

  • good lighting is important, and can make the video look more trustworthy and easy to take in. Natural light is helpful because it minimizes harsh shadows.
  • it’s important to think about the details of your environment (what’s in the background/making up the rest of the frame). Photos that had busy backgrounds/awkward frames distracted from the task. A way to minimize this would be to stick to a solid color. Also, I didn’t think about how take my photos on carpet would affect the instructions of the task (wrapping a present would take place on a hard surface)
  • In discussing our storyboards we realized that though they were varying lengths, since they were just photos viewers could choose how they wanted to pace themselves throughout (for example we generally went through the photos of the longer storyboards quickly and spent more time on the photos of the shorter storyboards)

In making my first video I ran into new problems:

  • I struggled with keeping everything under 1 minute I had to fast forward a lot of clips since I filmed with the mindset of only clipping my video a couple times.
  • I wanted to use natural lighting, but the sun went down while I was filming (filming took longer than expected) — I should plan for this next time


From yesterday’s critique I learned:

  • the patterns on the surfaces of the materials used can cause problems. They sometimes distract or reduce visual contrast (in my video the. graphics on my tea box were a bit distracting/confusing, using metallic wrapping paper caused a distracting glare on the surface, some people used similar tones/colors in their video that caused the video to loose information)
  • For some reason I was afraid to clip my video because I thought it would be hard to create smooth transitions. After seeing my other group members videos I realized that as long as there is minimal movement from clip to clip, a calm pace and a clear connection from clip to clip fluid transitions can be created from separate clips

Experience filming my next video:

  • I decided to film my video in the morning so that I wouldn’t have to worry about the sun going down. However, I found that harsh sunlight still creates harsh shadows as if I weren’t even using natural light at all. I think the prime time to shoot my video would be when it’s foggy outside/when there is no direct sunlight in my room.
  • I also decided to think more about the materials I was using today. I bought wrapping paper and a background paper of solid colors to go together to make my video a little bit fun/nice to look at.
  • The main reason I struggled with this video was because I decided to use a smaller box. I wanted to use less paper so I would be able to reshoot more, but it was not worth it. It was really hard to do the actual task of wrapping the box since it was so small. This made my clips longer, and caused a lot of hesitation. I had to do much more editing to take out my mistakes and try to fit everything in under a minute. The final product looked really overdone.


Notes from last crit:

  • In watching videos from people outside of the present wrapping group, because I didn’t already know how to do their tasks, I learned that as a viewer I didn’t necessarily have to see EVERYTHING in order to figure out what was going on. A lot of things could be implied by the storyteller/assumed by the viewer. I realized that if I create a stronger narrative throughout my video a lot of my extra clips could be taken out.