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Shorter is better: is shorter better?

Quick post for today. Last night I created my first video for 101qs.com. It wasn’t until after I had edited it and got it uploaded to Vimeo that I realized that in order to submit to 101qs it must be shorter than a minute. So I did some deep cuts and made a minute-long version.

There’s something frustrating, yet probably ultimately good, in being forced to make concise entry events. I generally adhere to Dan’s “ask the shortest question possible” mindset (despite me being terribly long-winded).  I’ll post both versions here for comparison and discussion. Do you feel that the minute-version is a better driver of inquiry? Does it move the narrative along too quickly?

Personally, though I was initially frustrated (how could I possibly chop off nearly half of my incredible videography?!! I’M THE STEVEN SODERBERGH OF MATH VIDEOS.) I ultimately was grateful to have that constraint. I need constraints. So my wonder is did it ultimately force a better product? (There’s probably lots of things that would have led to a better product, but nevertheless.)

Ice Egg

Ice Egg: Act 1 from Geoff Krall on Vimeo.

Ice Egg (Director’s Cut)

Act1 – Ice Egg from Geoff Krall on Vimeo.

Update (1/31)

Christopher makes a great point. I made a couple additional versions (just in case you haven’t heard enough of “Kirby’s Epic Yarn” in the background). One gets rid of the phone call – the narrative, so to speak. The other gets rid of everything and gets right down to brass tax. At this point, I’m curious as to which is the “best” version.

“No phone” cut

Act1 – Ice Egg from Geoff Krall on Vimeo.

“Brass tax” cut

Act1 from Geoff Krall on Vimeo.

 

Update 8/9/2013:

Some folks are confused as to the motivation for having an ice balloon. See here for the details.