Industrial Revolution Video Art

Experiments with Animoto

"It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge."
~Albert Einstein

In November 2010, Modern World History students were given 90 minutes to introduce themselves to Animoto and to create a 30 second video response to the Industrial Revolution.

The assignment was not to create a comprehensive documentary, rather, I wanted them to make a short piece of art. I emphasized that the major goals were to a) be creative, and b) make a statement about the consequences of the Industrial Revolution.

It was our first time using Animoto, but probably not the last. We would appreciate your comments, at the bottom of the page.


 “A Rich Man’s World” by Sarah and Rachel

    The Industrial Revolution... A time for change, a time for progress, a time for ultimate prosperity. What we wanted to display in this project was the underlying weight beneath the prosperous rich: the suffering poor. Our goal is for the viewer to grasp a better understanding of the dynamic between the classes during this time period. The Industrial Revolution was not just an explosion of wealth for the upper class. In fact, the vast majority of poor suffered from long work hours and poor conditions. The contrast between the music and the pictures we used illustrate the contradiction between classes. Living in a rich man’s world can be insufferable.

 “The Inequality” by Audrey, Edith, & Jessica

The goal of our video was to convey the inequality between social classes during the Industrial Revolution. We chose these images in order to emphasize the differences between the wealthy and the poor. Poor families and children were abused because there were no laws protecting them and their rights. Because the majority of the population was made up of poor families, we chose to mainly depict their lifestyle rather than focusing on the success of the wealthy.

 “Industrial Environment“ by Elaine & Kira

This video revolves around the environmental pollution and destruction that occurred during the Industrial Revolution. The song, “Send It On”, sung by a group of Disney Channel stars, was used in order to cater to a younger audience, really emphasizing the song’s main message encouraging  people to make a difference in the world. The images chosen were picked in order to realistically show just how much the environment had been destroyed.

 “Plight of the Children: Industrial Revolution’s Effects” by  Schessa, Alice, Christina

This video was intended to display the working and living conditions of the children during the Industrial Revolution. We wanted to show places where the young children worked, such as mills and coal mines. Some started working at 4 years old and continued until they died at a young age. We chose the pictures that we used because we wanted our viewers to understand what the kids back then had to go through starting at an early age.

  “I Shall Not Walk Alone” by Marissa and Sara

Our goal was to show the effects of the Industrial Revolution on children’s lives and social effects as a whole. We wanted the viewer to understand the hardships of child labor. We chose this because we found it to be one of the strongest ways to show the effects and difficulty of those in the Industrial Revolution, especially of children.

  “Looking at children and women in the Industrial Revolution" by Megan, Ryan, and Eve

    This video was made to show the sad hope of the industrial revolution. Although the world was moving forward and new technologies were being made, the people chosen to work in the factories were some of the weakest. Their rights were not fairly             acknowledged and many ended up hurt, sick, or stuck working in the factories forever. The images we chose were both informative of technology, and factual. We hope that this video shows how children and women felt during the revolution.

  “Industry is Oppression” by Bre and Celine

We created this video to explore the harsh and unfair working conditions of children during the Industrial Revolution. We chose to focus on child labor because as students in an academically rigorous college preparatory school, we can relate. The song selection accented our display of the plight of working children.