Week 5 – BOP, New Assignment, New Team

After your initial two assignment which hopefully have helped you identify best operating procedures, you are now going to collaborate on a new team with new people. This will provide you not only another opportunity to produce exceptional work, but hopefully it will also create circumstances to refine and discover operating procedures that will helpful fulfill the requirement of the next assignment, a multimedia project. As with the assignment II, you are going to find a new set of challenges which will depend on strong communication, thorough pre-planning and the ability to learn and apply a new skill set. You are being allowed more time than usual on this assignment, which will it will provide you some greater flexibility but such advantages can be easily lost of adequate pre-planning. So, dedicate sufficient time not only for the shoots, but also for the planning for the edit of the multimedia piece to allow for more than one pass on the edit. You will likely find that your first version won’t necessarily be your best and that feedback from your teammates will help you greatly in producing a tight an edit as possible.

Assignment III

This still/multimedia assignment revolves on an editorial piece focused on people over 65 years of age who is involved in a physical sport that involves some aspect of speed (running, cycling, swimming, racecar driving, hang gliding, surfing, hockey etc). The still images which which will make-up the multimedia piece fall along the lines of a photo essay or documentary, including portraits as well as images of them involved not only in their sport, but may also include glimpses into their personal, family or business life. The multimedia piece is intended to be not only a personality profile, but which also address the theme of the series which is “Not Slowing Down”.

The multimedia piece will consist of still and an audio interview recorded on an external digital recorder (Zoom H4n). Edit from the interview will serve as the spine of the narrative, while the still image will be used as illustration. The piece should run between 2-3 minutes only. The completed footage will be uploaded to the class video page the deadline (see below). A pre-interview is mandatory in order to assess the viability of your subject as an interesting subject, their availability and to help develop the spine of the multimedia piece.

Though the the team has a low flexibility in terms of the narrative flow of the piece, I suggest creating a three-act structure which falls along the lines of the following:

  1. A hook – possibly an annectodate of a key sport experience or a description of why they do what they do.
  2. Who are is this person (what work did the do or are still doing? How does this activity fit into the rest of their lives.
  3. Why do they do what they do? Why are they choosing not to slow down.
  4. Please have the subject at some point in the piece identify by name and age.

This structure is not what you have to strictly adhere to. You may come up with your own three act structure, but at its core these key questions should be answered on in some manner.

A hero shot is also desired for the splash page where each multimedia piece will appear. These “hero” shots would cycle through on the homepage where below each multimedia piece would be able to be seen in their own player. This still shot has to have a sense of immediacy and should convey a sense of motion. The images make the subject appear as a prominent element in the frame (e.g. the work of Joel Grimes), but is not meant to be a straight portrait nor just an action shot, but a hybrid of both. Whether’s it’s done in-camera or by means of composite will be left up to the DRM and the members of his/her team.  This hero shot may or may not be included in the multimedia piece and is left to your discretion.Ultimately, there needs to be a strong “wow” factor with these images. Create something exceptional that will stop a reader in their tracks and desire to see more.  See examples below.

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The multimedia piece will not include any video, just still images. It can be color or black and white.

The completed project will be evaluated on the sound quality, the clarity and flow of the narrative and the hero shot as well as on the details of the production book, the presentations and my overall assessment of individuals and the team.

The budget for this shoot is $1200 with first time usage for both print and web.

Resources:

Audio Recording and Editing Resources

Due Next Week

  • A 30-second audio recording test using the H4n or digital recorder. Send it to me via a Dropbox folder. Upload by Sunday 2pm.
  • 4×6 photographs of your personal project
  • PDF of production book and presentation

Due in 3 Weeks

  • The completed multimedia piece with audio uploaded to the Working Photographer II Vimeo page (account name and password to be provided later).
  • A digital still of the hero shot can be e-mailed directly to me. (72 dpi at a long width of 1500 dpi on the long end of the image. The image just be horizontal.
  • Presentation
  • Printed and bound production book
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