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Stitching Together Multimedia and Print

Producing multimedia pieces does take an extra amount of work, a different way of thinking and a certain amount of teamwork.

That’s what happened when planning out Edie Gross’ story Knitting the Knot. Edie came to me with the idea quite some time ago about Tonks, an avid knitter who is knitting her entire wedding. As soon as she told me the idea, I thought, "I want to read about this project, see the woman behind it, and hear her story." Perfect for multimedia.

So the assignment went to photographer Suzanne Carr Rossi, who is new to the multimedia bandwagon and an enthusiastic learner.

At first I thought Suzanne would gather audio of an interview with Tonks and we could put together a nice audio slideshow. But Suzanne came back from her first time meeting her and said, "I really think this is meant to be a video." That’s the ideal to me: when photographers see the potential of what a story can be in both print and online.

Thank goodness Tonks was up for it. I went with Suzanne to video an interview. She was expressive and open and moving and composed. She freely shared the details of how knitting saved her life. The interview ended up being 40 great minutes of video. Suzanne continued by gathering video footage outside the interview of Tonks knitting with an audience of young girls from the neighborhood, knitting in her chair while listening to books on tape, stretching her sore wrists and knitting some more. She went back multiple times to get the still photographs for print and all the video she felt necessary.

Edie set up a meeting with the designers, editor and photographer to go over the parts of the story. One of the designers came up with the fantastic idea of Tonks knitting the headline. Again, Tonks was an enthusiastic participant:

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In the end, Tonks allowed Suzanne to take some of her pieces to photograph them on black velvet in order to show all of the details to finish out the print product, and Suzanne sat behind the computer and began learning Final Cut Pro to create the video story. Edie provided her story so that the two could compliment each other, Tonks allowed Suzanne to take some of her pieces and photograph them on black velvet

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to get the detail and good look for the print product, and Suzanne sat behind the computer and began learning Final Cut Pro to create the video story.

In the end, an enthusiastic subject, creative photographer, reporter, designer and editors, and good communication turned out a good piece for print and online, including the video.

- Rebecca Sell

 

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