POLITICAL ADVOCACY VIDEO FOR

RALPH BUNCH

ROLE: DIRECTOR, EDITOR, CREW

ABOUT THE PROJECT

Portland State University political science professor emeritus Ralph Bunch wrote a 40-page self-published pamphlet outlining his idea for an Oregon ballot initiative idea he named "Universal Suffrage." Having had difficulty convincing influential figures in political office, the press, and academia to read this pamphlet, Ralph came to me looking for suggestions on how to package the concept in a more easily digestible form.

To this end, I presented Ralph with a detailed description of the various means for reaching people on the internet, and we mutually decided on YouTube as the medium for delivering his message. Ralph quickly drew up a rough draft script for the video, and on reading it I realized it would not only be difficult and time-consuming for him to memorize the script verbatim, the resultant recitation would be stiff and dry.

I then devised a strategy for overcoming this challenge: instead of filming Ralph reading from a script, I would read all of Ralph's writings on his "Universal Suffrage" concept and devise a large number of questions I could ask him on camera which would spur Ralph to spontaneously deliver all of the information he wanted in the video. (We did, however, keep a short script reading near the beginning, in which Ralph very eloquently described the political experience which qualified him to make such an unconventional political proposal.)

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