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Multimedia: Rich Media Narratives

Combining elements of documentary filmmaking like voice over narration, graphics and video footage with still photos, rich media narratives provide a multi-dimensional approach to storytelling. By layering sound, graphics and still photos you engage the viewer’s senses and are able to tell complex stories in a short timeframe.

To date, most rich media narratives have been produced by photojournalists. This is in large part due to the complexities involved in assembling, editing and publishing rich media narratives. This may change as companies use this format for advertising and as collaborative workflows make it easier for a single photographer to assemble and publish in a wide variety of mediums.

Rich Media Creation Tools

Predominantly, rich media narratives are created in a video editing application like Final Cut Pro or Adobe Premiere Pro. These applications allow a photographer to assemble graphics, video clips, still photos and audio elements into a seamless presentation.

For photographers getting started with multimedia, you may begin working with Apple’s iMovie or Final Cut Express (Mac), or Microsoft Movie Maker and Adobe Premiere Elements (Win). These applications provide most of the video and audio editing features of the professional counterparts, but lack some of the sophisticated image controls, ability to create custom project sizes, and export options.

For the most control over your projects, and integration with other image-editing applications, consider Final Cut Pro (Mac-only) or Adobe Premiere Pro (Mac/Win).

Examples

Choosing A President: NY Times

The Curse of Black Gold: Ed Kashi/MediaStorm (click on the movie heading)

Talladega: MergeGroup click on the Talladega icon

Fine Living-These Days: Trollback + Company

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