Assignment 4: Audio Slide Show

Due: Thursday, Nov. 7 at end of class
Worth 15 points/Late = deduction of 2 points

Objective: To create an audio slide show that profiles an individual or group of people connected to Route 47. This is a profile of a person or a group of people. It is a concise biographical sketch told with audio and visuals. It should not need a lot of text to explain.

Topic: For this assignment, the subject must be related to the arts, fashion, music, food, or religion.

Off campus: For this assignment, students must report off campus. No Rowan-related subjects allowed.

Solo or In Pairs: Students can decide if they want to work solo or in a team that I assign. A team of two people is preferable since you can have one person doing audio while the other does photos. Students who work in pairs will receive the same grade for the assignment.

What You Need to Do:
• Find a good subject.
• Bring your story pitch by Thursday, Oct. 24.
• Set up an interview and record it.
• Gather ambient and natural sounds.
• Photograph your subject. Take 100+ photos. You need a good photo for every 5 seconds of edited audio. (ie 1:30 = 18 good photos)
• Convert your audio files. Edit your audio. Export as mp3 with “High Quality”
• Select and crop your photos.
• Synch the audio and photos together in Sound Slides to tell the story.

Basic Parameters:
-A profile of one person or group of people
-Subject connected to the arts, music, fashion, food, or religion along Route 47.
-Aim for 90 seconds in length. Maximum is 2:00.
-“In her own words” – No narration or sound of interviewers voice

Grading Criteria:
• Quality of reporting (Did you go somewhere, meet someone, and put in effort to find a good story?)
• Quality of audio (Good sound quality/smooth editing)
• Quality of photos (Focus, framing, variety of shots)
• Quality of editing (Pacing and synching of audio and photos)
• Strong beginning: visual and audio.
• Strong ending: visual and audio
• Is there an anecdote?
• Is there is a moment of reflection?
• Is there a story?
• Word document with headline, teaser and proper credits
• Files submitted in proper format and names

How to Turn In Your Audio Slide Sho

Follow the Instructions for Creating an Audio Slide Show Using Soundslides. When you are done, you will hand in the following four (4) items:

1. Publish_to-web.zip of your Soundslide project

2. .m4v of your Soundslide project

3. jpg thumbnail sized to 450 x 600.

4. Word doc with headline, teaser and byline.

So…

Create a folder on your Desktop. Name it YourLastNameAudioSS

Put you’re YourLastNamepublish_to_web.zip file in the folder.

Put your .m4v video file in the folder. Name it YourLastNameAudioSS.m4v

Create a Word document and write a real headline, a two or three sentence teaser, and byline for your audio slide. It must include full names (spelled correctly) and location in New Jersey. Save your Word document as YourLastNameTeaser.docx

Follow this Format:

Bury Me Under a Tree in a “Green” Cemetary

By Paul Venesz

WOODBINE – Steelmantown Cemetery is the only natural or “green” graveyard in New Jersey, which means that no embalming fluids or metal caskets are used for burials. Graves are dug by hand, bodies are wrapped in cloth shrouds and placed in pine boxes, and rocks and stones are used as markers. Owner Edward F. Bixby II is a descendant of the Steelman family, who were some of the first settlers to South Jersey. They’ve been in the burial business for nearly three centuries. “There are so many people who say, ‘Just bury me under a tree somewhere,’” said Bixby. “Now we can make it happen.”

Pick one of your best images from your audio slide show to use as a thumbnail. Resize it to .jpg, 450 X 600. Name it YourLastNameThumb.jpg. Put it in your folder.

Save the folder with to multiple locations – computer and Flash Drive.

Examples of audio slide show (arts, music, fashion, religion) profiles:
Lindy & Grundy (LA Times)
The Hendrix Experience (LA Times)
It pays to practice (LA Times)
The Mormon missionary (NYTimes)
The sneaker connoisseur (NYTimes)
The monk’s life (LA Times)

Examples of audio slide shows (arts, music, fashion, religion) by former students:
Bury Me Under a Tree in a Green Cemetery
Learning to Love Being a Local Band
Wheaton Arts Potter
Audience Makes the Symphony
Vets Keep Millville Aviation History Alive
From Copy Machines to Cheesecakes

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