Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Final Project Perceptions

Our final multimedia project is supposed to incorporate audio, video and still photography components. I have no doubt that I can do that. The task I'm having difficulty with is not coming up with different kinds of media or not finding enough of it, but exactly how to put it all together. My storyboard should help with that, but I have yet to finish it and there are still a million ideas running through my head about how to truly capture my and my dad's experience in training for and completing the New York City marathon.

The discussion in class was incredibly helpful. I was able to expand on some of my own ideas and I received plenty of feedback and new thoughts that could end up being crucial parts of my project. I think it was Amanda who told me to try and add in a taped phone conversation between my dad and I before the race (sometime this week), and I didn't realize how cool that might be if used correctly. The number of ideas and different pieces of analysis I picked up from my peers will definitely improve my final project when it's finished.

There are still some problems I foresee, like how to get a feeling of all the training I've done over the past 10 months without actually having any pictures of it. I think it will also be hard to do the project on myself, unlike most of the projects that people are doing. Attacking this assignment from a personal standpoint rather than an unbiased one could be incredible or it could be a disaster. I am very excited to have it started though. With some pictures of me running on campus and a few other random pictures, videos and audio clips that I've taken, I think I'm off to a good start. I still need a lot more pictures of my dad because the story is about the both of us, not just me, so that's something I'll need to work on in the coming weeks.

The marathon is this weekend: Sunday. I'm planning to take lots of pictures of the expo on Saturday, of our quick training run that day in Central Park, of the city as we drive in, and hopefully do some pre-race interviews the night before. Maybe even a few pictures at dinner or something, to throw in a bit of a change-up. We'll see how it goes but I really want it to be as good as I picture it in my head, and I think that determination will pay off.

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