As of today, I’ve been working on Listen Loud for one hundred days, and while that sounds like such a long time, it has gone so quickly and is still well within the early stages of its development. As I’ve said from beginning, this project has always been more than just a university assessment, and so I know it still has such a long way to go. But, I think it’s the perfect time now to reflect on how far I’ve managed to come in such a short period of time.
Compared to when I started, my blog has undergone countless changes in terms of its layout, design, social platforms, and, honestly, everything else possible. What has experienced the most significant change, however, are my interviews, which have already seen a massive improvement from three months ago. My first few interviews were filmed in front of a bare wall using the built-in camera, mic, and editing software on my MacBook, and with every speaker sharing the screen at once, there wasn’t much happening visually to retain viewers’ attention. Furthermore, my inexperience and discomfort in front of the camera was very evident through my tone of voice and body language. Watch my first interview featuring Lizzie Jack and the Beanstalks here to see what I mean.
Since that first interview, a lot has changed. I invested in a proper microphone to enhance the audio quality of my videos (the most crucial element in video production according to Trint, KTV, VTREP, and Extreme Video Marketing), purchased a backdrop to add a pop of colour, gained a better understanding of the lighting in my room to record interviews from an optimal position, switched out the gallery view for speaker view on Zoom to add more variety in my visuals, implemented a number of behind-the-scenes tactics to better prepare myself prior to an interview, and overall have gained a lot more experience which has drastically improved the overall quality of my videos. The majority of these changes, however, likely wouldn’t have taken place if it weren’t for the constant flow of feedback and advice I have received from family, friends, viewers, and the artists I’ve worked with. Watch my most recent interview with Jared Navarre of Static Cycle here to see my improvement!