I have a problem, and I think it’s a problem many people, especially my age, would agree to have as well. I have a short attention span, or how I like to put it, I’m easily bored. I start something, whether it be a new TV show, a book, or even an art project, and before I know it I’m ready to move on.
Let’s face it. FOMO isn’t fun. It’s hard focusing in on one particular thing when we know there is just so much out there to explore. Thanks to the many breakthroughs technology has made, we now have access to so many resources at the palm of our hands, and we simply do not have enough time to pay attention to everything in its entirety. Hence why many media producers, strive to create a “hook” that successfully pulls in an audience.
In it to Win It
A good writer, photographer, videographer, or any media producer for that matter, knows how to attract their audiences’ attention. They are constantly on the hunt for new techniques and angles to approach a story, specifically ones that will captivate the interests of the reader. Surprisingly enough, everyone, whether they are a writer or not, already has the tools needed to create a good story. When creating, your mind and your heart are the two primary tools. As well as these essentials, you may also want to try and obtain:
- Ability to observe and analyze
- A sense of drama and moment.
If you can acquire all of these items, man are you good to go.
Is a Picture Really Worth a Thousand Words?
Photography and video are commonly seen as playing necessary roles in the media world, but the use of audio is just as important. Sound can be incorporated into all forms of media and successfully creates a virtual reality for the reader. Audio is personal. People like personal. They can relate best to sound because it is what is most natural to them. Sound is something that is always around us.
Let’s Be Real.
Interested, Organized, and Authentic. These are three factors found in Sound in the Story that are stated as being crucial in audio storytelling. If you don’t like or show interest for your topic then why should your audience? Here are a few tips to make sure your story is as efficient as possible:
- Be prepared before you record
- Make sure your gear is in order, that you have enough supplies and that you’re ready for whatever conditions may await you
- Take good notes along with your audio
- Remember that there are ethics
- Only use sounds gathered on site
- Don’t put words in people’s mouths
- Don’t stage events
With these key concepts in mind, one can discover ways in which to attract an audience, but more importantly, how to keep them interested and possibly even coming back for more!