Looking behind the scenes at the Root 40 Music Festival


The photos that I took for the slideshow are of different aspects of the Root 40 Music Festival. I took photos of a lot of behind the scenes set up for the first day of the festival of bands, merchandise stations, and the people who were working at the festival. I also took pictures of various bands that played on different nights during the weeklong festival. Some of these bands included Vomit Slaughter, Paradox Afterlife, and the A-Oks. Through these photos, I wanted to show how much work was involved in putting the festival together and how many people were really involved. The scale of the festival was huge, and I wanted to emphasize what a great opportunity this festival provides for interns, volunteers, bands, and even audience members.
The photo slides were placed strategically with what the interviewees were talking about. For example, when the intern I interviewed (Colin Starner) was talking about his duties that he was assigned throughout the process of Root 40, I coordinated the pictures of fliers and Colin stage-managing when he explained these aspects of his job. Through the audio, I wanted to highlight what it was like to help organize such a large music festival because the general public doesn’t quite know the effort people behind the scenes put into making a festival great and run smoothly. During this project, I learned that great pictures can really compliment audio clips to effectively demonstrate a point. I found audio editing rather easy, except for cutting out little bits and still having it sound smooth. I realized how much work really goes into making an audio slideshow work well with the pictures that I took, but I really enjoyed the process and creating my own video from little bits and pieces of pictures and audio clips. Next time, I would probably try to do my interview first just to make sure that the pictures completely match up with my audio clips because I think it adds a whole other level to a project.

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