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SOAN 4210 - Indigenous-Settler Relations in Canadian Society

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Audacity Tutorial

Work you way through the Audacity tutorial. Use the provided audio to practice the different editing techniques and apply effects. At the end of the tutorial, you will export and upload your final edited audio. You will need to

  • Download and install Audacity and the LAME plug-in. 
    • If you have trouble, please visit the IT help desk on the first floor of the library.
  • Download and import the audio recording into Audacity.
  • Remove background noise.
  • Edit the audio to remove mistakes, breaths, and any unwanted sounds or silence.
  • Apply the Normalize effect.
  • Aud music and apply the Auto Duck.
  • Export as an MP3.
  • Submit your final audio at the end of the tutorial when prompted. 
  • You will also be asked to complete reflection questions as you go. 

The tutorial shouldn't take more than an hour; however, some people run into trouble downloading and installing the program and plugins.. 

6 Principles for Scriptwriting + Storyboarding

1. Identify your story

  • What does it mean?
    • Identify the tension of your story to create a hook and draw the audience in  
    • What’s unique? What is your perspective?
  • Strategies/Resources
    • Research your topic
    1. Listen/Watch examples

2. Determine the plot points

  • What does it mean?
    • Beginning, middle and end/resolution
    • Points have a logical order and flow that build.
    • Target the plot points to audience
  • Strategies/Resources
    • Script and storyboard planning
    • Background research

3. Organize and structure with intention

  • What does it mean?
    • Organize your piece so that it is presented in a way that’s understandable and effective
    • Technical aspects of writing – intro, conclusion, how to start paragraphs
    • How you present the visuals and audio that is beneficial for the audience
  • Strategies/Resources
    • Scripting and editing
    • Present it to someone who doesn’t know – does it make sense? Not just compelling.
    • Pacing, practice, and storyboard

4. Words should flow

  • What does it mean?
    • Tone + vocabulary (conversational vs academic) 
    • Consistent theme
    • Do you stumble over certain phrases? Does it sound awkward or strange?  
    • What is the pacing like?
  • Strategies/Resources
    • Practice reading aloud or record it a listen to yourself
    • Make note in the script as cues to yourself

5. Feedback is best practice

  • What does it mean?
    • Other people can share their experience.
    • Easier to change before its recorded
    • Is it engaging? Does it make sense?
  • Strategies/Resources
    • Read it aloud to a friend (or get them to read it to you!)
    • Give them things to look for
    • Ask questions

6. Create a world for your audience

  • What does it mean? 
    • Script + sound + visuals work together to create a specific experience  
    • Audience can connect with and understand the experience you are trying to create
  • Strategies/Resources
    • Tone and voice
    • Use of detail and specifics in script
    • Sensory experience
    • Add ambience with sound effects and music

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Resources to Help Plan Your Video

Link to Guide: Create a Script for Your Digital ProjectLink to Video: What is a Storyboard?Link to Guide: Find audio and images for remixing

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