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It’s time for another group project…and this time I was lucky enough to be partnered with the lovely Miss Sara Whittle once again. This project combines everything that we have been working on in class up to this point. We got the opportunity to add images to our audio, which I was really looking forward to.
Sara and I decided that we would focus our project on Trollbeads. Trollbeads are essentially an updated charm bracelet. They had quite the following in the 70’s, but fizzled out. However, within the past several years, they have regained a large following and can be seen worn by several celebrities. Trollbeads, have since found their way to Laramie, WY and can be found in the Curriosity Shoppe downtown. There are several women in town that have hundreds of beads, making their collections worth several thousand dollars. Due to the popularity of Trollbeads we thought this would be an excellent project. Every bead has a story and a special meaning to the owner and we thought that casting a light on that would make for some really great quotes and a great interview. The beads themselves are also very aesthetically pleasing and made for great photos to add to our Soundslides.
Coming up with the story idea was the easy part. Actually trying to find time to schedule the interviews was very difficult. All the women we interviewed are very busy and it was a challenge to try squeeze in an interview. We also had camera troubles that we did not discover until after the fact, and had to hustle to get the needed pictures.
Editing also proved problematic. Sara and I learned the hard way that you should be constantly hitting save, in order to prevent 2 hours of editing being deleted within a matter of seconds.
Though we encountered some challenges, this project was a great experience. I got to meet several very interesting people and learn about their bracelets. I loved the interviewing process. Their stories were all very interesting and I am very appreciative that they all agreed to share their experiences.
Our next assignment is doing an individual Soundslides project. I must say, I am very nervous about this. It is quite a bit of work and I am a little nervous about how I am going to juggle all of it. I think my biggest challenge will be coming up with an interesting idea. I want to do something that is unique to Laramie, or the University. Although I am very apprehensive about our next assignment, I learned a lot during this experience that I hope to use during my next assignment.