Creating Content for a Real-Time Experience and Alexa Powered Devices

After spending time in two kitchens, the next step was putting the pieces together. Since it is a timed process we had to make sure that the final product was in real time. At first this proved to be a challenge. When doing the initial script I focused so much on the steps and telling the story, that I did not really pay attention to the length of the steps. It wasn’t until I laid out the track that I realized that some of the pieces were too short and did not display the actual time needed to make the chilaquiles. For example when I first did the script and laid out the track I said, “Slice the chile in half and you can easily take out the seeds,” but then I jumped onto the next step with out giving people the opportunity to actually remove the seeds.

I had to go back and do some revisions to the script and map out how long each step took. Almond helped figure out what could be done to extend the audio track while some steps were taking place. We figured out that in some parts when the person is preparing a certain step, they can listen to music as they finish up the step. This gives the user time to finish and gives them a small break from listening to the narration or story.

When doing the script and editing, we noticed that the piece works best when it’s more conversational and energized. Initially I was going to do both the narration and translation, but we realized that it would be a better idea to have one person narrate and another person do the translations. This worked so like that listeners don’t get confused when there is narration or translation.

While doing the piece I also saw how important all natural sounds are whether its sound of the blender, the onions searing, the sauce being stirred, or the tortillas frying. I think they really helped some parts of the piece come alive.

The piece has to make the users feel like they are in the kitchen cooking with that person. When going through the piece again, we had to make sure that it all flowed and that through the narration, translations, natural sounds and music, the users really felt excited to make the dish so they wouldn’t pause or stop the experience.

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Journalism and Emerging Digital Innovation explores storytelling and experimentation. This is the class site for Journalism 499 (Advanced Journalism for Mobile and Emerging Platforms) at the University of Southern California’s Anneberg School of Communication and Journalism.

Cristina Galvan Vilches

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Journalism and Emerging Digital Innovation

Journalism and Emerging Digital Innovation explores storytelling and experimentation. This is the class site for Journalism 499 (Advanced Journalism for Mobile and Emerging Platforms) at the University of Southern California’s Anneberg School of Communication and Journalism.