A day job, ds106 and some other stuff to get done. Time management is of the essence!
So one of this weeks assigenemts was to reflect on some videos about producing stories in general, and for radio in particular. I want to concentrate on two:
Ira Glass from This American Life on storytelling:
Part Two; Part Three; Part Four.
… and Jad Abumrad, from Radiolab, on the creative process:
Jad Abumrad: Why “Gut Churn” Is an Essential Part of the Creative Process from 99U on Vimeo.
Both are excellent. I knew This American Life, but never heared of Radiolab before. Amazing! Anyone who hasn’t needs to listen to it. Go there right now.
There is a common theme in both talks. Luck, or chance and persistence. They have different ways in putting it.
Glass speaks of the process of creating stories as a kind of marathon where one first has to endure a long, long time of mediocracy before one reaches a level of mastership. And even then, he says, a lot that he produces is just crap, and identifying and throwing away this crap an essential part of the process of production. So a lot of the time one produces for the trash. But if one kepps on going and doesn’t stop, eventually, one will be lucky to find that one genuinly good story – once in a while.
Abumrad puts it this way. He is constantly on the search and most of the time has not idea where he is going. He has not a master plan to produce that great show. He says, he knows it when he did it, but not before. So again, there is a process of constantly creating, and eventually you will find that gold nugget, that story that just works.
In both accounts failure is an integral part of the creative process. Its like evolution. Nature also just tries and tries out new things constantly. Those that work are kept, the others fade out. Reminds me also of the book, Adapt. Why Success Always Starts with Failure, by Tim Harford (recommended). There you have it again. Failure as an improtant part of creating.
I think this is a very powerfull and also encouraging thought. It takes away the mysthism that sourrounds the creative process, that idea that you need to be some kind of genius to create. Not true. A lot is persistency. The motto is: Keep on going!
So here is what I did this week. First I did one of the audio assignments, create a sound effect story.
Most of the sounds I downloaded from Freesound, only the sound of the door opening and closing again was recorded by myself. I used Voice Recorder HD on the iPhone. It was recommended on one ds106 blog and so far I am happy with it. I allready used it for my key-video assignment.
Not sure if I should be happy with it, cause I am not sure if what I intendet the story to be is understood by the listener. Does it get clear, that the person walking up the stairs disturbs the cat, and then the cat breaks something? What do you say? What to change to make it more obvious?
I did three Daily Creates this week. First there was tdc619, make a photograph that ullustrates an aspect of communication. I thoght of grammar an here is the not so pretty result:
Second there was tdc 620, make a photo of some sort of grid. That I like the best from my Daily Creates this week. A very chaotic grid. A Hutong grid:
And last but not least, there was tdc621, make a photograph featuring a path, road, or trail that leads the eye through the photograph. Well, we have some roads in Beijing. This one is the third ring road. I think we have 6 of these now. But that won’t be the end, I guess. It’s the century of the mega-metropoli:
I did not participate in the discussion this week. Something I hope to change next week.
Ok. Thats from me so far. Good night.