With new mediums for storytelling becoming increasingly accessible, I have been seeking ways to intertwine multimedia tools including video and other interactive content with my written stories. In the Multimedia Design course in particular, staff writers explore different methods of sharing information and create multimedia packages, which showcase a variety of multimedia elements.
Among the multimedia package stories that I have worked on, the video I filmed and edited for my multimedia package on student artists gave me my greatest sense of pride. It was equally the most frustrating and the most rewarding story for me. For almost a month, I followed around a notable student rapper, trying my best to capture him in all elements. I observed him working on his music production at his favorite local cafe, filmed him preparing for his performance at our high school’s annual Saturday Night Live show and even included his interactions with his friends during lunch.
The entire process was certainly difficult, especially because it was my first time filming a documentary-style video. In the beginning of my filming process, there were many times where I had to re-film different clips because I failed to adjust camera settings adequately or had difficulty hearing what my interviewee had to say due to distracting background noise. I actively watched good examples of similar documentary-style videos and constantly searched up how to get good audio and footage on Youtube.
Another challenge I faced was putting together the different clips and editing the actual video. Prior to producing this documentary, I never created a video with El Estoque. In order to make up for my lack of experience, I did extensive research on how to use the different tools in Final Cut Pro. Even after conducting many searches however, editing the video proved to be very frustrating as I had to precisely cut each clip and create seamless transitions. Editing the video was much more complicated than I had anticipated, and I even missed my deadlines due to the numerous details necessary to produce a product that I would be proud of.
In the end, however, this video has become one of my greatest prides as a member of El Estoque. I feel like I was able to push past the boundaries of our previous shorter videos by creating this in-depth, documentary-style feature video.
This year, I also reintroduced the ‘50 Questions’ series for El Estoque. Inspired by Vogue’s ‘73 Questions,’ we decided to start a series of videos featuring different teachers to allow students to learn more about teachers’ lives outside the classroom setting.
On the Same Page
For this more light-hearted multimedia package story on the similarities and differences between students and their parents regarding dating preferences, I chose to visualize the audio from my interviews using Headliner. By incorporating waveforms, I was able to provide a unique visual element and also feature the raw opinions of my interviewees.
1980s: Totally Tubular
This multimedia package story highlighted the coming-of-age experiences of teachers who were teenagers in the 1980s. In order to supplement the rest of the story in a more unique and engaging manner, I used Spotify to embed various songs from the 1980s that the interviewees mentioned.
Rolling out the jade carpet
For this multimedia package, I utilized a variety of graphics to supplement the written stories. For the story on Asian-American representation, I designed a timely infographic providing information on the presence of Asian actors and actresses in Hollywood. This infographic, published just around the release of the popular movie “Crazy Rich Asians,” provides statistics and other relevant facts to supplement the rest of the multimedia package stories.