Assignment: This Podcast assignment was fairly open-ended, as we were simply asked to produce an instructional podcast on the topic of our choice. As in previous assignments I relied on my Blue Yeti microphone as well as Freesound for sound effects, but did the actual editing in Adobe Premiere. Even though it is primarily a video editing program, it works very well for multi-track audio files such as this. Better than Garageband, in fact, because track height can be expanded which allows a much better view of the audio waveforms in each track. This helps make adjustments and fine-tuning much easier.
Reflection: The freedom given to us in this assignment was a little daunting, as there are so many things that could work as instructional podcasts. It took me a little while to settle on doing a biographical sketch, but once I did I thought I would try a different way of presenting it. I wanted to make a podcast that was educational as well as entertaining, both to create and listen to. I thought about doing a cheesy British accent, even though I am pretty bad with accents, and present the whole performance using the old storytelling convention of an unreliable narrator. This made the script a lot more enjoyable to write, and gave me a great deal of ideas for post-production as well. Clearly the narrator has some trouble with details of Tesla’s life, but overall his information is sound and his commitment to producing a good episode is unshakeable, even in the face of adversity and even explosions.
Standards Addressed: TL-I Technology Operations and Concepts. TL-III.A.5 Design methods and model strategies for teaching concepts and skills that support use of media-based tools such as television, audio, print media, and graphics.