A look inside the Idiosingcrasies, a University of Denver acapela group

I chose to do my audio slideshow and the acapela group Idiosyncrasies because I thought it would be visually appealing as well as a good opportunity to get great audio. I attended a few of the groups’ practices to obtain the pictures and audio. Through my slideshow I wanted to introduce the Idiosyncrasies to people who do not know who they are or what they do. Therefore, I asked my interviewee basic questions and I took photos of the members simply singing and preparing for their next show. The photographs in the slideshow were chosen to illustrate the hard work, dedication, and passion involved in being in the Idiosyncrasies. I tried to get a variety of shots including the planning, fun, and of course singing that goes on during a typical practice. I placed the pictures in a particular order so that they would correlate to what Morgan, the girl I interviewed, was saying. For example, I put shots of the individuals Morgan mentioned as she mentioned them and I put shots of the group laughing and interacting with each other when Morgan discussed the great relationships among group members. In terms of audio, again, I tried to make it match up to the photographs. I also felt it necessary to play background music of the group singing because that is what they are known for. I started the slideshow with their warmup to give the viewer a feeling of being at the practice. Then I played most of a song throughout the rest of the slideshow, making sure to have breaks in the interview so the viewer could hear the song.

This process taught me several things. Firstly, it is definitely necessary to conduct the interviews before taking the pictures because the focus of the story could be slightly different than you anticipated depending on your interview. Also, I made sure to give myself several opportunities to take pictures and get audio footage. Luckily the Idiosyncrasies practice pretty often so I had a few chances to get the material I needed. Working with Final Cut Pro took some getting used to, but after a while It was not too difficult. I do not know exactly what I’d do differently next time but I know I’d be more comfortable with the equipment and therefore have an easier time of putting the project together. The photos in the slideshow were chosen because they depicted a typical Idiosyncrasies practice: fun yet hard work. The photos I did not include did not show the emotion I was looking for.

One Response to A look inside the Idiosingcrasies, a University of Denver acapela group

  • Rachel Kamada
    Rachel Kamada says:

    This was an interesting audio slideshow to watch. I liked the topic because I too am obsessed with Pitch Perfect so it was nice to hear about DU’s very own acapella group. I liked that you could hear them sing but it was not distracting from the person talking. Their singing in the background also gave me an idea of what the group sounds like so I think that was executed well for a video that explains what the group is. I also think there was a good variety of shots. Overall, I think this was a great video.

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