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Group Soundslides Project November 2, 2011

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Please click HERE to view my group Soundslides project

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.


Brainstorming Ideas October 13, 2011

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As our next assignment quickly approaches, brain storming is essential in order to have a successful audio story.  I’m really excited to work with Sara Whittle again on our next group project.  We began discussing possible ideas that would make for a great story the other day in class, but what better to capture our ideas than to put them online?


For our first possible story we began talking about The Curiosity Shop in town.  Sara already knew about the giant Trollbead event that they will be hosting in town later on this month and thought it would make for a great story.  Apparently Trollbeads are beads that are much more representative of charms that can be added to bracelets.  They have a huge cult following and are very popular amongst a variety of Laramie residents and would be a great way to showcase some of the collection of some of the colletors’ in town.  Possible resources include getting in contact with The Curiosity Shop and photographing their Trollbead event as well as possibly interviewing the owner of the shop, or the Trollbead glassblower that they will be featuring during the event.  We also had the idea of getting in contact with a few of the collectors in town and interviewing them as well as photographing their collections.


Our second idea was to report on child care at the Early Care and Education Center (ECEC) the University of Wyoming. Sara is on the board and it would give us great access to a lot of different interviews with other board members as well as parents of the children.  There is also a great opportunity for some ambient noise as well as some pictures of the children playing.  Some possible problems that we may face though are limited access to the kids.  A disclaimer would have to be signed by the parents allowing us to photograph their children which might be a tad bit difficult, but I think this would be a really great interview and showcase the child care within the university.



For our final idea we thought showcasing some of the bands at Suite 107 could provide us with a great band profile as well as give us some great photos to use in the story.  There are a few different shows that we can attend before our final project is due.  We have a few different options with this story as well.  We could always go in the direction of showcasing one band in particular which would be a really great way of spreading the word about local talent, or we could just showcase Suite 107 in general which would also be a good way of just showcasing local concerts.  We would of course try to meet with some of the bands and attend their shows as well as try and attend their rehearsals.  This would give us some great pictures as well as some awesome ambient noise.  And of course at the rehearsals would be a great place to conduct an interview and possibly add some ambient noise of them playing acoustically in the background.