I’ve finished a multimedia project that is so different from what I ever imagined. I needed to explain brownfields, an EPA term for contaminated industrial property. Telling the story from a historical perspective became the best vehicle for explaining brownfields.
Instead of heading out to make photos, I was visiting the local history museum, college archives and state on-line image library. Archive.org is an incredible resource for music. I was able to find songs that fit the time periods of the multimedia.
Multimedia is a strong platform for telling a story. I have chosen the still/audio combination because of the unusual power of still images and the spoken word. The fleeting nature of still pictures in multimedia draws the viewer into the story. Three to five minutes works well with the way viewers choose information today.
There are lots of great stories to tell.