Today I had a meeting with Scott Macklin about finding my way through the MCDM. It’s only been a few weeks since I started this journey, and after today’s meeting I’m more excited than ever. It was an excellent conversation, giving me much to ponder. We spoke about multimedia storytelling, and he gave me example after example of journalists and film makers using forms of digital communications to tell stories that stir the soul. (Here’s one example – Mediastorm)
We watched as a twelve minute video that took three years to shoot played out on the screen in front of us. The story of a New York artist’s apartment that became home to junkies, and addicts. The photographer used images and words to tell the story, and it was heart wrenching. We saw a young man perform spoken word behind a veil of graphic design, detailing his poetry through black and white drawings of his words. Story after story and what excited me was that there are so many more stories just waiting to be told.
Scott and I also spoke about opportunities, events, workshops, internships and independent studies. Some of the projects that the MCDM have coming up are so exciting to me that I had a hard time sitting still while Scott was describing them. I’m not sure I can speak on them, so I’m going to keep them to myself for now, and when the time is right – drop them on you. I’m really looking forward to attending some workshops that the UW Department of Communications offers on digital storytelling. I’m also going to try to start working with Flip The Media – the MCDM blog, in an effort to hone my writing skills.
I took the photo posted below, as I walked into my meeting with Scott. The reflection of the building in the puddle caught my eye. I liked the way the leaves scattered on the ground looked, and how the puddle held the reflected image like a frame.
The most important thing that I left with from this meeting, is that finding my way through this program is not just about which classes to take, it’s about growing as a person – finding and developing new opportunities and relationships. Stepping out of the frame that I have put myself in, and creating goals for myself that are harder to reach. Taking the time to be a part of as many experiences as I can, and truly digging into this program and getting the most out of that I can. As I walked across the fallen leaves scattered across the UW campus, I felt really happy to be a part of this amazing program, what a blessing it is to be part of something that when I’m done, I will have the opportunity to make a difference.