The Mad Props Project was an 8 week long project in which we had to make podcasts about California's 2016 Propositions. My class was split into groups of 4-5 and worked on creating 2 podcasts about Proposition 57 and Proposition 64 that would be voted on November 8th, 2016. My group was focused on Proposition 64, which was the legalization of marijuana but more importantly, the revenue. While we were making these podcasts, we acquired skills like learning how to use audacity, learning how to use a yeti mic, how to make a podcast, and also how to make a website about it.
All good podcasts have to have a script in order to make it sound good. As for it, it was pretty challenging to make a script that sounded "natural" and not sound boring or sound like a robot. So first things first, we had to make a podcast script pitch to answer some questions. We also had to make a script outline so we could focus on the good stuff and not go off track and talk about something weird. After we had our pitch nice and finished made our script outline, and had done a ton of research, we moved on and made a script. It took a lot of versions of the script to get where we are now so the one I'm showing you is the final script. We had booked two interviews with Roland Shaw and Cat Packer. In order to make the interviews good, we made an interview map with questions about prop 64. We also interviewed people at balboa park but decided not to use them because they lacked proper education about prop 64 and we also didn't get good quality audio.
After we interviewed Roland Shaw and Cat Packer, we had to "log tape" to see what we wanted to use in our podcast. Logging tape is pretty much listening to the interview and jotting down main points that stuck out. The process was to set up the audio, set up a headphone splitter so everyone could hear the audio and record notes. At the end, we would all compare notes and see what would be put in the final log tape.
Editing was my big part in my group because I did most of the editing and also taught my other group mates how to edit. Editing was easy for me mainly because I used to do YouTube and used Sony Vegas Pro and some video recording software. Audacity was like Sony Vegas and I had no problem using it. There were some times where my group would had to re-record because some parts got corrupted or didn't sound good overall. All was great until it came to the Cat Packer section where the audio quality was not as good because we used Skype to communicate. Overall, editing was fun and I had a good time teaching it to my group.
Exhibition was super fun considering we got to have people hearing our podcast. I was a little nervous at the beginning of the exhibition because I was the first of my group to arrive and though that I was going to do all the talking. Luckily, all my group mates came and answered some questions. As I heard our podcast, I laughed and remembered how silly we were recording and all the puns we added to make it interesting. Anyways, I thought exhibition was awesome although we showcased one day before election day.
Here is the finished podcast!
Things I'm Proud Of
I'm proud of all of these three documents because I worked hard on them and learned a lot from them too.