Homelessness in Seattle: An Audio Story – COM 561

Multimedia Content Creation

For this course, a specific topic was chosen for the semester.  I chose homelessness in Seattle.  For this specific assignment I traveled to Seattle and used a Zoom H4 microphone to record city sounds, and while I was visiting just outside of Pike Place market, I met a man, Leonard King, standing on the corner selling copies of “The Real Change” newspaper.  Having done thousands of interviews in my career, this one surprised me.  Leonard was articulate and happy to share the story of how he became homeless due to a house fire.  As he spoke his young daughters were playing in a stroller next to him.  The story basically wrote itself.  Sometimes in my career, a story turns into something special.  This was definitely one of those times.

I edited this story on Adobe Audition, paying special attention to ambient sound and making clean audio edits and transitions.  As I got the final version completed, Audition crashed on me, and I lost the entire project, and had to start from scratch.  Luckily no assets were lost, and I was able to patch it all back together based on the script and prior editing.

COM 561 Course Description – Exploration and application of strategies to communicate ideas clearly, concisely, and effectively through multimedia content. The course included training on the use of Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere Pro, and Audition.