Published by the Journal of Environmental Communication/Taylor & Francis Online
Authors: Meryl Shriver-Rice, Juliana Fernandes, Lisa N. Johns, Cameron Riopelle, Hunter Vaughan (Senior Research Associate, Minderoo Centre for Technology and Democracy)
This study examines young South Floridians’ perceptions of visual elements and four generic types of engagement identified via a novel interdisciplinary methodology (Vaughan, H., & Johns, L. N. . Beyond frame analysis: Formal analysis and genre typology in the communication study of short-form environmental video messaging. Journal of Environmental Media, 2 (1), 55–78. https://doi.org/10.1386/jem_00040_1) combining formal analysis and genre theory in short-form videos on sea-level rise. We employ a mixed-methods approach in order to examine how formal aspects, such as the use of direct address, voiceover, computer animation and digital simulation, narrative structure, and musical score impact viewer reception of 10 short-form videos and sharing behaviour. An inductive analysis of emergent themes identifies several notable aspects that should be considered by practitioners of environmental media in the design and execution of compelling and persuasive short-form videos. Key results point to the importance of focusing on human stories and voices, a narratology that emphasizes practical actions and solutions, a measured use of humour and overly evocative musical scores, as well as the importance of video source and overall quality.