Final Project: An Interview with Callen Zelrich

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So, there you have it everyone, above are the three parts to my final project! As I said in my brainstorming for this project last week, I wanted my final project to focus entirely on my character (a vampire who is also a surgeon) and his perspective. The story told through this project is one that comes from him, and continues the story as told through my last radio show story from DS106 radio news, which was that of different people being interview about my character.

This time, the first portion I created, as an audio portion, is an interview by my character, finally giving him a chance to defend himself and discuss his thoughts on revealing himself as a vampire and recent events relating to his release from custody by the police. This was by far the most time-consuming and difficult part of the project for me. Just to write up the questions and answers (since I am always terrible at improvising anything) took a very long time! I wanted to be sure I told the story I was aiming for, and the end result ended up being even longer than I thought it would when it was all finally recorded, which was awesome for the final product since I think it turned out to become a meaningful story.

This one was pretty tedious to edit in Audacity since I recorded each question and answer seperately (for the sake of my breath and any mistakes I’d make). My Audacity project got pretty full in the end with all the audio tracks, but I’d recommend recording things like these separately so you don’t have to record the entire thing at once. Again I used this tutorial to change the pitch of my voice for Cal’s parts, trying to not make it as deep as I did last time because that sounded odd. Finally, I added in some copyright free music from soundcloud, faded it in and out, and I was done with that editing marathon. Even though I’m getting used to Audacity some of its functions are still not as intuitive as I would like, especially when there are so many tracks you’re trying to sort through (But it’s free so we don’t doubt it too much).

Along with my radio show, I wanted to include a visual element (or possibly a design element depending on your perspective), so I created the two posters you see above, both using canva online. The first one you see is a poster advertising the show’s interview, as a more classy design, which I found fitting to the theme. The second is a more humorous addition, as an advertisement for Vampire Repellent that sponsors the show, which is an ironic sponsorship. At this point I think the vampire repellent is becoming an easter egg in my blog, appearing in so many different projects, and I just had to give it a chance in for Visual Storytelling in an advertisement. Canva is very easy to use, as you can chose a template and add images/text boxes of your own, as well as easily change existing elements of that template to your liking. I really enjoyed using it once again. The vampire logo I used can be found here, and the vampire repellent image is from the amazon page I edited for web storytelling earlier, found here.

For the final part in my project, as Cal mentioned in the radio show, he opened a twitter account that he is using for a Q&A. I thought this would provide a less professional avenue for developing his character with a lighter tone. Additionally, Twitter is such a common and unique form of Web Storytelling used now, and this was the most fun I had in the final project by far. It was fun designing the page as I imagined Cal would. For the questions, mostly I tweeted them to Cal using my own account, though some did come from my friends (who didn’t have a Twitter account, but wanted them to be included, so I passed them along through mine). Additionally, Professor Bond Tweeted many of the questions I sent to him, so a big thank you to him for that! I think this really brings the character to life in a way other forms of storytelling cannot, and I do wonder what anyone passing through Twitter and finding that account might think if they were to see it.

So, that’s it! It’s been a hectic week, as an understatement, and a surprisingly short semester! I really enjoyed interacting with all my classmates this semester and I wish you all luck on your projects and everything else you’ll be doing in the future!

Final Project To Do List

The plan for my final project has changed significantly throughout the week, as it originally started as one idea and now it’s turned into another. I’ve decided ultimately I want to continue my character’s story, specifically the story I started in the last group project, in which my character Callen, a vampire who is also a surgeon, was arrested and accused of murder. In that radio show segment, I focused on interviews of people commenting on him, but for the final project, I want to show Cal’s perspective.

First, I’m going to be creating a radio show interview as another segment from DS106 Radio news. This will be an interview of Cal and his perspective on the whole project, to tie together that story and give him a chance to defend himself and for everyone to hear his side of the story. Since I enjoyed making the interviews before, I thought this would be a good idea. I’ll also be using visual storytelling to create a poster/advertisement for this radio show interview, since it’s so highly anticipated in the community in Cal’s world.

For an alternate style to that interview, I’m going to next involve web storytelling a bit more. I plan on creating a Twitter account for Cal and allow him to have a Twitter Q&A session with people on Twitter. I expect this one to have a more humorous tone than the radio show interview, as I could have people ask some funny questions. I’ll see if anyone from the class wants to give him questions, otherwise I’ll use my own Twitter account to ask the questions, and maybe I’ll edit the web page so that they appear to be different people and not just me, it depends on how that works when I get to that point and how much time I have on my hands.

This week, I’ve just been working on starting to write up a script for my radio show. I really hope that I can record the show and get started on the other portions, so that I can finish this project early next week so I’m ready to focus on my finals. Can’t wait to see what everyone else has thought of!