For this assignment, you need to produce an audio slideshow that is 90-120 seconds in length. This project should bring everything you have learned together in one portfolio quality story. This is due on eLC by 12 noon on November 13.
Every image should be technically flawless – sharp, properly exposed and with good color rendering. Every image should be exceptionally well controlled – a dynamic composition with great background and edge control. And every image should add some level of knowledge to the viewer’s understanding.
The audio should be clean (think carefully about where you interview) and have some natural sounds layered in.
You need to choose a person to profile – think about someone who is newsworthy, who does something visual and who exists in good light. (I can’t stress this enough: don’t torture yourself with fighting low light situations. Don’t choose the night watchman, don’t choose the early morning chef at your favorite diner. We won’t care how amazing her story is if all your images are a wreck.)
On your first visit, pay attention to who they are and why they do the thing they do. Look for interactions, look for details. Start thinking about what your story is, what are the key elements.
On your second visit, plan on doing your interview. Find a quiet place to record – that may not be where they work. Sketch out in your head the questions you want to ask them. Remember to be flexible – if you come in with seven questions written down and stick to those seven, you might miss a great opportunity to tell a story.
After listening to your interview, start thinking about how the audio will be sequenced together – do you have visuals to match what they say?
The third visit should be to round out your photos and collect the nat sound pops that will add life to your story.
Once you have all that done, edit your audio. Use the videos and handouts on the Tutorials page, I’ll answer questions if I can. Once the audio is exported, start getting your images together. Crop and tone them in Photoshop, saving them into one folder (preferably the folder with your exported audio).
Once they’re done, you’re ready to get into Premiere and build your audio slideshow. Again, the Tutorials page has videos and a handout.
Build it, tweak it and export it. It’s due on eLC by 12 noon on Tuesday, November 13.
Warnings: Based off of past classes, these are the things that hurt:
- Waiting to decide – if you delay, your options on subject matter narrow and you end up trying to force a bad idea
- Waiting to start – if you delay, you won’t have the images you need
- Waiting to record – if you delay, they may not be available
- Waiting to start production – as a general rule, a minute of audio will take you an hour of editing; video production will take longer
- Waiting to export – video rendering takes a long time unless you have a high end computer, do not wait until deadline day to do this
- Waiting to upload – your internet connection is not that fast, this will be a big file, akin to the size of Nouns and Verbs. Plan on uploading the night before at the absolute latest.
Happy to answer questions as they arise, but be aware I may take some time – I won’t be answering emails at 3 a.m. on deadline day. (Unless something has really gone wrong in my life … which is possible.)