This project did not come out even close to what I originally imagined. My first thoughts were quite grandiose and had my kids involved. Two of them are musicians, my oldest sings and the middle one plays at least 7 instruments. Well, much to my chagrin they were not as excited as I was about old protest songs. So, I scrapped that idea and decided to do the picture essay.
I was having a hard time finding the pictures I wanted to use for this and spent way too much time looking for “perfect” shots of events and people. I found images of Phil’s FBI files but had huge problems getting it to cooperate. It downloaded funny and I had no idea how to get to the page I wanted to post. Because I couldn’t get all the pages of the file I only used one of the ten I thought I had. None of the pages contained any “juicy” information so I feel like in the end one page is enough for this project.
The biggest frustration I had was with myself. I got afraid to ask questions so there were things I wanted to do but wasn’t sure I could, so I didn’t.
Also, I could not get it to embed. No idea what I’m doing wrong.
The main page of the website ( http://www.timetoast.com/ ) looks basic and minimal. Not a lot of colors, fonts or graphics. It almost has an 80s vibe to with the polka dot and stripe design. I signed up for the free version, which was quick and easy. There were 2 other options that had a monthly fee but no advertising plus some other perks. I think if the class were to use this for the project cost might be an issue. The tools we would need would cost between $6-9 per student.
The company was founded in 2008 by one man in the Netherlands who is still the CEO. I know nothing about business so I don’t know if eight years is stable or not in the tech world. He looks nice in his picture.
I found nothing specific about what images could or couldn’t be used on their site. They reccomend 40-50 events per timeline and say no more that 150 events per time line. Depending on how much information one may want to add this could be limiting. Adding too many events to the timeline could cause it to be hard to find or view. I think the event limitation alone could hinder our class project on Phil Ochs (there is no timeline yet for him on Timetoast).
For the most part, I really enjoyed this project in that it pushed to learn new skills and get more comfortable with myself. We wrote a script for the interview which was a huge help when it came time to record. Because I practiced and a good feel for what I was going to say I was a little more comfortable in front of the mic. I do wish I had loosened up a little more, so that it sounded more conversational and less like I was reading a script. I do count not sounding like a robot or whispering a win though.
The editing side was not as easy as I had hoped. There is a define learning curve to it. It takes some time figure out the flow of the interview and by that time things have already been cut and moved, which is frustrating. Knowing those things will take some time to learn. Adding in the music was not an easy task. We figured out how to get it in and fade it, but we were not able to get it before we started talking. I guess somehow in the editing process we blocked ourselves from being able to do that?
Overall, I’m happy with what we created and feel a bit more confident going in to this next project.