A project with iMovie for iPhone

Devin Vandyke story

A screenshot of Dan Friedell's Devin Vandyke slideshow.

One of the good things about working for Patch.com as a freelancer is that the editors are pretty open to experimentation.

A few months ago, I did a piece for the Oakton, Va. site about the local high school’s strong girls’ basketball team. We miked up the coach and did a nat-sound audio photo gallery.

I decided to try a similar thing with my story about Devin Vandyke, a rising senior at South County Secondary School in Lorton, Va. I was writing about the recruiting process for Vandyke, who has decided to play football next year at Virginia Tech. We talked about how he received a fair share of letters, but also lots of contact on Facebook from coaches who were interested in getting on his radar.

So I took about 30 photos of his recruiting materials with my iPhone and then asked him to go through some of the items he had received – credentials, yearbooks, hand-written letters, etc. – and tell me what he thought of them.

It turned out he was a great narrator. Only one take for the audio. And I think the multimedia project turned out well. Let me know what you think.

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