Draft Audition


For my draft interview I wanted to make it more of a personal interview. With my topic being inexpensive wedding planning I could have interviewed wedding planners, vendors, etc. but I thought it would be interesting to interview couples who were at different stages of their relationships.


My interview subjects were my mom and my step dad, whom have been married for 10 years, and my step sister and her fiancé, who have been engaged for the past couple months. I think it would be interesting to find a newly wed couple although I don’t know any newly wedded couples.


I wanted to get these perspectives from a couple who has been together for awhile as well as married awhile ago and a couple who is new so that I could compare and contrast the perspectives on marriage.


For their interview I asked my parents about their wedding and what their expectations were for their wedding and how they changed along the way. As well as, I wanted to see how their actual wedding day differed from their expectations.


For my sister and her fiancé, I asked them similar questions in regards for what was the most important aspect of their wedding day and what they expected their wedding day to be like. I also asked both couples nuances such as guest count, budget, style, etc.


I wanted to be able to have enough questions and audio footage to decided where I wanted to go with the final audio footage. I really liked the story that my step dad told about their limo never showing up. It was a story that on the day of seemed absolutely terrible but years later was something that him and my mom laugh about.


This story was an important piece to my footage because I wanted to compare my parent’s ideology of wanting their wedding to be about fun and my sisters idea of wanting everything to go as planned. I believe wedding days don’t always go as planned and aren’t always what you picture in your head to the last detail and I wanted that to be what my story was about.


For the technical part I recorded a cropped by introduction and then added my step-dad’s story after my introduction. I raised the volume as well as used the fade in tool for his footage. I cut and took out a couple parts of my parent’s footage where they were discussing the things they would do again to get a more linear answer to my question.


Then I added some more explanations of my questions and what I asked my sister into the track. I raised my sister’s volume as well as faded her in and faded her out to go into the end of my discussion of the topic.


3 thoughts on “Draft Audition

  1. Hi Kirsten! I have to say that I love the interviews in your story. You definitely get a sense of everyone’s personality just by how they answer the questions. Your topic of comparing an established married couple and how their wedding was to a newly engaged couple and their expectations for their future wedding, works really well. That being said, I do have a couple of suggestions for your story. The first is your introduction; it is a bit confusing how you begin the clip by talking about the Millennial generation and then delve into weddings and your interviews. It was only after a few listens that I understood the connection to your interviews and topic. I would suggest having a simpler introduction, something that talks about how wedding expectations change, or stay the same, from generation to generation. The second thing that I would suggest is to expand a bit further on the different generational expectations in your conclusion. I don’t think you need to explain how you asked different questions but rather talk about what differences, or similarities (and I think there are some whether it’s obvious or not, like wanting things to look good), you found between the generations when it came to weddings. I hope these suggestions help!


  2. Hi Kristen!

    It’s my first time visiting your page and I think you’ve selected a really interesting (and relevant) topic. 🙂

    I like that you chose two different perspectives for your interview. As someone who is “more mature”, I can definitely relate with your parent’s perspective of “having fun” versus going as planned. I think perhaps those of us “of a certain age” tend to realize that life interrupts itself on a regular basis and contingency plans are all part of the process. 🙂

    I also liked how you used narration in spots prior to the answers of some of the questions asked. That’s actually a technique that the professor suggested I use in my clip and I’m anxious to try it out to hear the difference. I thought your use of the technique added to the production value of the overall interview.

    I keep hearing a noise in the background when your interviewing (almost sounds like a dog panting??…Lol). I know that there are ways in which to target and omit background noise. But this is my first time using Audio so I don’t know how to do it – there are good videos on YouTube though. 🙂 The only other thing I’d suggest is maybe tighten up your “thoughts” (the intro portion and commentary). I have so many tiny edits in between words and/or pauses in my clip (and I still need to tighten some things up!). Obviously, you want your speaking to sound natural but some tightening could make the interview sound more crisp.

    Really great subject and nice job on the interview!



  3. Thank you everyone for the great feedback I received. I really agree with the suggestions that I need to reevaluate my introduction as it doesn’t really appear to be cohesive with my interview topic of wedding planning. I think that I could focus more of my introduction on how different couples from different generations deal with the planning process differently.

    I also agree with the fact that I can make my questions or my narration pieces a little cleaner. I was struggling with trying to get my thoughts across in the right way and now that I know specifically the area that I want to focus on it might be a little easier as well as writing my speech down and then recording it so it sounds a little cleaner.

    I know there is a lot of background noise in my interview and I wasn’t sure how to clear it out when I was doing my draft but it’s the main aspect I want to focus on for my final product.


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