Video: How the American Bison Almost Went Extinct

Short Description:

Educational short summarizing the near-extinction of the American bison.

Project Notes:

Video project for INTE 5680, created in response to the following prompt: Create a 3 to 5 minute video on the theme of “Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo.”

Production comments:

I did not realize my tripod was unstable until after filming, by which point I did not have the ability to reshoot (nor access to AfterEffects to properly stabilize the footage.) However, I believe this still is an engaging video in spite of the wobbly camera and have chosen to include it in my portfolio.

Tools and Resources:

  • iPhone 5S
  • Audacity
  • Adobe Premiere
  • Microsoft Word
  • Adobe Photoshop (for resizing images to print)

Images via digital collections research; primarily from the Montana Historical Society, the Smithsonian Institute, the New York Public Library, and the Kansas Historical Society.

All images in this video are PUBLIC DOMAIN within the United States: published prior to January 1, 1923 OR explicitly labeled as Creative Commons/Public Domain. Libraries/archives of origin identified. Music via YouTube Audio Library.

Black and white photograph of several bison sitting and standing, with dusty hills in the background.

The last of the Canadian buffaloes. Photo No. 581. (1902). [Public Domain]

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