Life after meal plans

For my audio slideshow I decided to focus on students and their eating habits, more specifically, DU students who live off campus.  The title of my slideshow is intended to give the viewer some insight as to what the video will address.  The goal of my slideshow is to make other students who live off campus aware of how their peers are going about college life without a meal plan.  The privilege of living off campus comes with many responsibilities that on-campus housing does not entail.  Meal times prompt the question of, “what do I have to eat?” or “where should I get food?”  My audio slideshow exemplifies the factors that go into students decisions of whether to cook for themselves, go out for food or order take-out, as well as the advantages of each scenario.  My slideshow contains photos of students grocery shopping, cooking at home, eating out and local places to eat.  I wanted to include a variety of photos showing students going about meal times in various ways because that is most relevant to my topic: where students grocery shop and where they eat, if not at home.  I also incorporated photos of places to get food around DU.  My hope is that viewers are able to picture where students go to eat off campus and what it is like when students cook at home.

After conducting my interviews with students and restaurant employees, I tried to take pictures that aligned with what my interviewees were referring.  For example, when one of my interviewees is talking about grocery shopping, I chose a photo of Safeway to accompany the audio.  I organized my audio slideshow in a way I thought was most logical for viewers, I start with more general information on students’ eating/cooking habits then I go more into the specifics, for example, whether or not students have a budget for groceries.

I thought the best way to integrate text and audio was to have text on slides where my interviewees were not speaking and then display a series of pictures as the audio plays.  By mixing up my interviewees’ responses, this prevents the video from becoming too monotonous.

I enjoyed collecting audio and taking photos for this slideshow because it involved two things I love: food and photography, however I did find it challenging to come up with a logical pattern of photos and audio.  It was difficult to decide what audio was necessary to best represent my story angle and what audio should be cut.  I learned that it is very helpful to collect audio before taking photos, that way your slideshow does not contain any irrelevant photos.  If I did this project again, I would definitely take more photos, I ended up not having as many as I would’ve liked and I think more photos would keep viewers intrigued.

3 Responses to Life after meal plans

  • Jordan Greenwall
    Jordan Greenwall says:

    Savannah- I really liked the variety of photos you used and that you took shots of the same thing from different distances. I would have liked to see more people in your photos. Overall, I really like your slideshow. The photos and audio flow nicely together and the topic is very easy to relate to. Nice job!

  • Andrew Janson
    Andrew Janson says:

    What I like most about this slideshow is the variety of perspectives that you got through your interviews. Even though it’s only a few people it feels like much more because of how you cut them together and because of the nice variety of photos you had. It’s a relatable issue and I think you highlighted several aspects of it well in this slideshow.

  • Brielle Durant says:

    Savannah – I like the shots of all the different off-campus food options that you included. Especially the photo from inside the grocery store when students would talk about cooking at home. The photos displayed relevance to your message and what your interviewees were saying. I also like how a single photo didn’t stay on screen for too long. You had a good variation of photos to display!

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