For my 5th and final blog post I will be evaluating my digital storytelling piece ‘Mental Health and University’. This piece was created and produced by myself, and features photography by Jack Ward.

I first conceptualised the piece in early October, I chose mental health and university because it is something I care about a great deal. I decided I would do a piece that would open with an introduction by myself and then lead on into a montage piece featuring different voices explaining their experiences of mental health and university.

I recorded the piece throughout October and November, the recording involved recording my own voice, collecting various anonymous audio recordings of people discussing their experiences, recording background noise and more.

I spent the end of November and early December editing the piece together, aiming for a good flow, I set out to make my piece in Adobe Spark. Adobe Spark is a piece of software used for storytelling and graphics.

The piece features audio and a mix of video/graphics to present the stories featured in the piece. I chose to use photography in the piece because I felt like a lot of the photographs worked well with stories about mental health, I didn’t want the piece to seem too cliche, generic, or offensive so I decided to create something as simplistic and fitting as possible.

I was mostly happy with the finished product, I felt as if I could have created a better visual aspect to the piece, but I wanted to ensure the audio was at the forefront of the piece and the most vital aspect of the project. I felt that the voiceovers for the piece were done well considering the context of the piece, my only recommendation to myself would be to ensure audio quality is universally good and the same volume level throughout.

My main aim with this piece was to make people more aware of how university can impact a persons mental health, both positively and negatively. I also wanted to be able for people to listen to the story and think of what the person talking may look like, and think of these experiences they’ve had. I followed a quote from Richard Berry, which states that ‘it is popular to claim that radio has always had pictures, the ones listeners created in their own minds’. I like this quote because one of the most important things to me about radio is how it can help create images in your mind, an image that is completely unique to yourself.