WOW! there are so many things I loved about this radio show. First the people that I worked with were amazing. The radio show itself was challenging but something happened and I cannot really explain it, that changed me. The Audio assignments the week before helped out, but nothing could prepare me for what was about to happen during that radio show. I truly did not understand what I was getting myself into until those two weeks.
First, finding people that you have never met (well I knew one person) and working with them was scary at first. At first, we got together and we met each other in a real world setting. That was kind of scary because you don’t know what your walking into. I think because I knew one person it was more comfortable right away. There were times I felt like it was weird, but eventually being locked in a room together (not really) helped us bond quickly. If I had to give future DS106’ers advice, it would be to get to know your classmates sooner.
Once we started the project it became overwhelming because we were creating an amazing but not practical story. No one could create lines for it, but then Abigail slapped some sense into us and we simplified everything which then made it easier to create a story. Once I got to know everyone (people I never met) I wanted to be around them longer for no reason, they were so fun and interesting.
The challenges of a radio show are epic, first getting the sound down was a challenge because we did not have lines. I believe we finally had our lines the day before we created them and that was the day before it was due. Once we had lines (which we worked on all day literally) we had to splice them together which was hard. It took me hours to edit the material we had and create sounds that would fit the scene, I honestly had no idea what I was doing but I was willing to do anything it took to get it done.
I think the easiest thing was working with the group, ideas were flowing out of us, but we needed direction which was easy once we had it. The hardest part was editing, but if I had to do it now this show would take a day at most and only an hour at most of editing because a lot of it was figuring out how to do it. I would love to do another show, it would be so much easier at this point, the only hard part would be the idea for the show and the lines and I would do things as I go since we waited until something was finished.
This radio show was one of the best experiences I have been a part of and I don’t know how it happened but there was magic in it for me. It was exciting to dive into the unknown and work on something that you did not know if it was going to work or not.