As an act of kindness, i've decided to provide my readers with some wise rules for producing a multimedia project. Creating a project from scratch can be a daunting task, but by following these rules, your project can come off without a hitch (in most cases).
- Start off with natural sound rather than a subject talking.
- If you don’t pull in the viewer fast they will bolt. Catch their attention right off the top.
- DO NOT introduce people, (Hello my name is so and so) just use a lower third.
- Use passionate subjects for the narrative of your story, they'll provide the excitement of your projects.
- Match up the visuals with what is being narrated. People get tierd of looking at your face.
- Use a good recorder. Sound is one of the most important parts of the production.
- Do an interview in the quietest place you can find.
- Record room sound. It comes in handy for filling empty space and evening out volume levels.
- NEVER have dead air. EVER.
- Make sure its paced correctly... Too fast the viewer gets mad, too slow its BORINGGGGG
- Use music for a reason, NOT because it is BORING. "This is wack, so imma put some music up here..."
- “If you scared take the jersey off, go play JV, go play kickball!”
- Check out Soundslides.com (multimedia for dummies)
- Spend more time on pacing than anything else.
- Your job changes day to day as a journalist, learn every aspect of your craft.
- Stay current in technology. It is imperative.
- Make it so you’re important to the point you CAN’T be fired.
- Bosses like to LOOK like geniuses... Make their jobs EASY.