Love Your Melon brings awareness to DU’s campus

The story I am aiming to convey through my audio slide show pertains to the recent establishment of a Love Your Melon chapter on DU’s campus, and of the organization as a whole—an apparel brand run by college students across the nation that endeavors to provide every child battling cancer in America a hat. I included photos of the product at the very epicenter of Love Your Melon, of the people that it benefits, of the people who are a part of it and of pertinent places. Despite the devastating reason for the very existence of this organization, I wanted my slideshow to strike a lighter tone, which I think I accomplished with the photos I included.

With permission from my professor, I included pictures from the organization of student ambassadors delivering the hats in hospitals. I think the inclusion of these were crucial because they give life to the story and most effectively portray what it’s about. Since the story focuses in on DU’s recent chapter addition of Love Your Melon, and since people are more engaging to see in a photograph, I included a few pictures of the new members/my interviewees. Finally, I utilized photos of the beanies and the Colorado Children’s hospital to preface the information that DU’s ambassadors will soon deliver to local children suffering in hospitals.

Ultimately I chose to photograph what I did because I think they most effectively communicate the story I’m trying to tell; the majority include people, which I think makes it a much more personal package. I put the slides in the order that I did to best complement the audio interview. For example, I made the over-the-shoulder shot of the Love Your Melon website coincide with the portion of the interview that discussed where hats can be bought.

Integrating audio into my slideshow was incredibly difficult and time-consuming. Cutting it so that my questions were inaudible yet the audio still flowed as a whole proved more challenging than I had originally thought, and that’s probably what I allocated the majority of my time on. Integrating text was much easier, the main challenge of that lay in deciding what the most pertinent information was to include with each picture.

Next time, I would like to experiment more with the DSLR; because I took still, fairly simple shots it was not necessary for me to use one for this project, but in the future I would like to utilize aperture for more control of depth of field, shutter for panning or slow motion shots, etc. My first interview was much longer and I had more to work with but unfortunately the audio came out sounding muffled so we had to redo the interview in a hurry. Next time, I want to have more audio to work with so I can include a greater variety of photos. Ultimately though, I’m happy with the photos I shot and the overall final product.

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