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351mc Phonar: Transformative storytelling with Mike Lusmore from DuckRabbit

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Earlier today as part of our Phonar module we had the pleasure of Mike Lusmore coming in and talking about Transmedia Storytelling and Photofilms.

In all honesty it was an area that I knew very little about but had a great interest in.  I fully understand that the way in which we display our images is changing.

Mike stressed upon the point that we must ask ourselves ‘How can we embrace the new tools to enhance our work?  Multimedia, photo, films, audio and text?’  He was trying to make us look at things in a totally different way.  That maybe the only limit is our imagination.  Obviously this brought me right back to Marshall McLuhan’s statement “Our Age of Anxiety is, in great part, the result of trying to do today’s jobs with yesterday’s tools!” Again. driving home the fact the we all need to adjust and start to think differently.

Mike went into great depth explaining the differences between Transformative Storytelling, Transmedia and Photofilms.  Three different ways which are an option to showing work.  To getting it out there.

As the day progressed Mike was on hand to help with the weeks current task which was to create an ‘Alienated Senses mash up’.  From the Phonar Soundcloud and Flickr pool we were able to create a completely new piece from other peoples work.  The only limit being your own creativity.  Now this also included Mike teaching us how to edit sound in Audacity.  This was a programme which I badly needed a tutorial on as I have numerous sound recordings from Ukraine that need editing.

Before Mike left I managed to show him my images and short film which I had been working on from my project in Ukraine and he was on hand to give me some great advice on how to take it further.  One thing he wanted me to bear in mind was that ‘The images must echo what the audio is saying’.


Written by Dean O'Brien

October 27, 2011 at 5:51 am

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