This project started about three times. This is the final draft version of that. Initially I had envisioned using an interview of a public official and other sound for this, but after visiting Pike Place Market and interviewing Leonard King, a homeless man selling newspapers, the focus of this piece shifted completely.
Walking around Pike Place with my Zoom H4N microphone, it was fun to be an audio tourist. My microphone was almost like a different world, I could hear individual conversations and pick them out of the crowd kind of like a spy. When I ran across Leonard, it was just so easy and I transitioned right back into the world I know so well, and just started interviewing him on the spot after asking him for permission to record.
This however is not my first experience with audio. I’ve been doing this for 15 years as a photojournalist. I am rigt at home assembling these types of pieces, but I rarely have gotten the chance to write these pieces, so I chose to focus more on the storytelling aspect for the rough draft. Assembling this story, I logged all of the interviews in Microsoft Word, chose the sound bites, and then wrote a script that is just about 3 minutes in length. In Audition, I was able to put together this very rough cut of the piece. The last five or so days have been a complete whirlwind, with two job interviews, and trying to get my new house unpacked, installed and the family working again, I have had to reschedule quite a few other projects, this one included. That being said, this piece is simply the foundation. I will be adding other audio to the piece to add the ambiance, to adjust the transitions between the audio clips, and make the piece seem more natural and cohesive. For the draft, I was more concerned with the story line and the continuity of the piece. In the television world, I have laid down my “a-roll” track, and now I will add the “b-roll” audio to sweeten and connect the whole piece.
The best part of this whole project had been being able to get out and spend more time that I typically would be able to if I was doing this in a professional setting. The nuances of the audio and freedom of exploration has been very liberating.