Before class on Tuesday, listen to:
Using an audio recorder and microphone ask at least five strangers, “What are you afraid of?” Ask follow-up questions. Try to get something that resembles a beginning, middle and end. Why are they afraid of X? For how long? Who knows about it? And so on.
Before you set out on the assignment, run through your prep checklist:
- Is everything charged?
- Do I have a card in the recorder?
- Do I have my over-ear headphones?
- Do I have my mic?
- Do I have all the cables I need?
- Do I have extra batteries?
- Have I tested my gear and do I feel confident that everything sounds ok?
A big part of what you’ll be doing this year is approaching and talking to strangers. If you haven’t done this before (and even if you have), it can be scary and awkward.
Read this Transom piece about Aaron Henkin and Wendel Patrick’s Out of the Blocks. Listen to the finished audio piece (which is embedded in the story) and then read the Q&A. (TEDx video at the end is optional.)
Be prepared to discuss on Tuesday. Have a good weekend.
For Thursday, read and poke around Snow Fall. Think about structure and visual elements, and how everything works in the service of John Branch’s story.
Do me a favor and complete this short questionnaire.