In order to write a script for my video, I had to do thorough research. I had been concerned that I might not find enough research material, since sex is a relatively taboo subject. However, I discovered there is quite a large amount of content available online about sex toys. I discovered countless articles, studies and even a couple of videos. The videos in particular peaked my interest, as I had believed that my concept was fairly unique, when in actuality, a few videos had already been made detailing the history of sex toys. I was a little miffed, but also interested to see what approach they had taken.
First up, Glamour’s 100 Years of Sex Toys:
This video was fairly straightforward – starting in the 1920’s, it showed how vibrators improved through each decade, up to the present day. There was no voiceover, but enough facts on screen to remain educational and interesting. It did agitate me slightly that the title names “Sex Toys”, but the content is exclusively about vibrators, only one specific type of toy. I understand that a vibrator is the most popular female sex toy, and that Glamour is a women’s magazine and has therefore focussed on women’s toys, but I did find the title misleading. Watching this has made me realise that I want my own video to be broader, focusing on various types of toy rather than just one. In fact, many of the articles I read about the history of sex toys ended up being solely about vibrators. I think that there is not that much information out there about other types of sex toys and their history, therefore my video still has a new angle/perspective to bring forward.
The second video I found was The Illustrated 30,00 Year Evolution of the Sex Toy:
This video appealed to me more than the previous one. First of all, I noticed the art style was quite fun, and that the colour palette is very similar to what I have envisioned for my own project. Secondly, this video includes voice narration, again something I intend to include for my own piece. I also noticed that this video explores the topic a little more broadly. It starts with early history – not just the last hundred years – and discusses various toys, such as dildos, vibrators, prosthetic penises, sex toys for the disabled and more. This video also touches on social issues relating to each time period. However, I still felt that this video has a focus on toys marketed for women. I also noticed that both videos last longer than three minutes. Since our own piece should be just two minutes long, it does make me a little apprehensive about fitting in all of the information I would like to in such a small time frame. Hopefully I can achieve this by writing a very concise script – I would rather feature a greater number of toys with a less in-depth description of each one, than focus on just a few in great detail.
Finally, I discovered An Animated History of the Sex Toy:
Again, this video started with an earlier history of the sex toy, mentioning the first found siltstone dildo. I noted that this video claimed a far earlier date (32,000 years ago versus 26,000 years ago), making me doubt which source was more credible. Oher points made me question the credibility of this video – it claims the Hitachi Magic Wand was in production as early as 1945, whilst my personal research has indicated it hit the market in 1968. Any facts I state in my own video will have to be backed up with reputable data, to avoid this kind of mix-up. This video did mention male masturbatory aids, something not discussed in previous videos, and so I found that quite a positive. I’d definitely like to represent toys for both sexes in my video piece. This was also a far shorter piece, coming in at just over 2 minutes – the same timescale I have to work with. It was reassuring to see that this can be achieved. However, I did find that this video seemed more choppy and disjointed than the other two, as it skipped over large chunks of history quite quickly. I think it is important when I am scriptwriting and storyboarding that I find links between each piece of information so that the video flows smoothly.
Watching these three examples has definitely helped me refine how I would like my own video to be. I think my main takeaway is that my voiceover script has to be very sharp and concise. I need to communicate points clearly and in as few words as possible. To do this, I will really need to take time polishing my script and removing unnecessary segments.
With this in mind, I began to become quite conscious of project deadlines and time constraints. I had already spent a large amount of time mulling over my concept and conducting research, but I had a lot of work left to do. In order to organise my remaining time more efficiently, I decided to follow tutor advice and create a Gantt chart. Since I have never previously created a Gantt chart, I found it easier to draw one in my sketchbook than to spend a lot of time learning how to use digital tools. Following my sex toy theme, I ended up drawing this:
I think having a defined plan has helped me feel more on top of things. I now need to make sure I stick to these timeframes in order to produce a polished final result.