Sound Slides Analysis

There were other students who did projects similar to mine using Sound Slides.  You can see all the projects by clicking Here.  these projects were done in groups of two.  Some of my favorites were Wyoming Cowboy Basketball: A Legacy by Dyann Diercks and Brooke Eades, Laramie Animal Shelter by Nic Behnke and Tracie Perkins and This is High Country by Adrienne Morency and Courtney Wilhelm.

I initially clicked on Wyoming Cowboy Basketball: A Legacy because I like the sport.  However, I wasn’t attracted to the story through the headline.  A lot of people think a colon in a title or  headline adds something to the title/headline, but not always.  I feel the headline could have done without “: A Legacy.”

However, the rest of the project is very good.  It’s probably my favorite among the other projects.  The most noticeable aspect of the project, to me, was the way all the forms of media flows.  Making sure all the forms of media are flowing together is difficult to do for a project like this, but Dyann and Brooke pulled it off.  I also liked the timing of each picture.  On my project and a lot of the others, the transitions from one picture to the next wasn’t smooth and usually very quick.

I could praise this project all day, but I want to talk about one thing That bothered me.  They didn’t use captions, which I actually liked.  I felt the captions on the other projects were distracting.  However, there was one place I wished they did have a caption.  They showed a picture of what I think is the coach of the Wyoming basketball team, but I’m not sure.  I think a caption would had been helpful there.

Good job Dyann and Brooke.  I  feel that you set the standard for this project.

Laramie Animal Shelter is probably my second favorite.  I really liked the narrative flow of the first interviewee.  He had a steady voice and the transitions were smooth.  I also liked the introduction.  Most of the projects didn’t lead in with the interviewee verbally introducing themselves, but this one does.  I like that because it gives the interviewee more credibility.  The introduction also had just the right amount of ambient noise to get me into the story, and the first photo was relevant as well.  It goes without saying, but I’ll say it anyway.  I really like the introduction to this project.

The biggest problem with this project was the captioning.  I know that captions can help tell the story, but the captions in this project were too long and gave me little time to read them.  I also disliked the abrupt ending this project had.  The second interviewee was speaking, and then it just ended.  the project should of had a better ending.

This is High Country.  well, I listened to this project because of the interesting title, and found it was a very clever title. ( You’ll have to listen to know what I mean.)  I really appreciate this project because it utilized, in my opinion, a very difficult way of doing an audio interview.  It seems Adrienne and Courtney interviewed all three of their sources at once, and it turned out pretty good.  I would say this “shared interview” humanized the interviewees.  I also really liked the captions in this one.  they aren’t distracting and add something to the narrative flow.  I especially liked the caption at (2:10).  The transitions are very smooth, and I don’t really mind the occasional cough or chuckle from the other interviewees in the shared interview.

The ending was “wrapped up” in a sense, but I felt a better job of wrapping up the story could have been accomplished.  I also didn’t like the absence of ambient noise in this story.  They had a little at the beginning, but this is a story on a musical group.  I’m sure a better effort could have been made in collecting interesting ambient noise.

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