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Category: 1916 Rebellion Walking Tour

Video & Audio with Lorcan

This week I met up with Lorcan (http://www.1916rising.com/) to record some video footage and audio voiceovers for the app.

The idea behind the video is to have an overview or synopsis of the Easter Rising, so those who are unfamiliar with the background history or even for those who just need a little memory jogging, can be informed.

I wanted to limit the video to about 2-2 & a half minutes, and to also include some archived photographs to help structure it better for the user. This decision was influenced by the fact that those using the app will most likely be on foot, so having something that is short but still engaging will add to the experience.

I met Lorcan at the International Bar on Wicklow Street. Lorcan suggested The International as it is the meeting point for his own walking tour and he said we’d be able to use the comedy bar upstairs for filming.

DUBLIN, The International Bar (ALT, 4.2011)

While setting up, I told Lorcan that I wanted a brief overview to what the Easter Rising was and why it happened, and to explain in such a way as if the user watching knew nothing about the Rising itself.

We did a few takes, and finally got a recording that had a good even pace to it and covered everything necessary to the brief.

For the audio, I brought along copy that I had worked on for each of the Rising locations. Lorcan had a read over it, making some slight corrections but thought the overall work was good. He decided to work from the structure of my bullet points and then elaborate on some details. There were some smaller stories that he had told on the walking tour that I took particular interest in, so I asked if he could work those in too, which he was delighted to do.

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Redesigning my content

So I met with Daniel following our mid-semester presentations. In a nutshell, I had nowhere near enough content for the app.

I had an idea that that might be the case with it. The thing is, is I know theres plenty of content out there for my app, but my concern was trying to get permissions for the content.

I had recently been in contact with Photo Permissions at the National Photographic Archives. They sent me back an application form that I would have to fill out with all the individual photos that I want to use, which would then be reviewed. The time that the application could take, along with the possibility of them rejecting it was making me anxious. However, following my meeting with Daniel, he gave me the go-ahead to get my hands on every photo I could and use them for the app. For the moment, its a matter of submitting this as my final year project. Thats as far as it can go for now. But he reassured me that if I wanted to further development my idea that I could worry about copyright issues then.

I was delighted with this information as I immediately saw the benefits of having a wide selection of photos in the app.

It was also suggested that some video and audio would greatly add to the user experience. So with that in mind, I got in touch with Lorcan Collins of the 1916 Rebellion Walking Tour. He would be perfect for this.

Building this app is a new experience for me, and I feel I have come along way in terms of what I have learnt about the process. However, I’m still a rookie at the end of the day, so guidance like this, from my lecturers, is greatly valued and appreciated.

I’m gonna re-think how I can create this user experience. I want to bring the app to that level.

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1916 Rebellion Walking Tour

So today I made the most of the lovely weather and arranged to go on the 1916 Rebellion Walking Tour.

http://www.1916rising.com/

I got in touch with Lorcan Collins, who runs the tour, and who I had met back in January to talk about my app concept, which he was very interested in. He had invited me a while back to come along which I was meaning to do but Im glad now I waited till today because I also got to catch a few sun rays.

The tour began at The International Bar on Wicklow Street. There was a good turn out, with groups from all over the world – England, Germany, Belgium, America and Singapore. Lorcan began the tour downstairs in the bar with an overview of the history of Ireland beginning back as far as the Great Famine in the mid 1800’s and then running up until the main topic of the tour, the 1916 Easter Rising.

For the tour, along with listening to Lorcan, I also wanted to take note of what kind of facts the tourists took particular interest in and what kind of questions they were keen to ask. I had been advised by Daniel earlier in the week, that an experiment like that would help me put together a better user experience for the app.

The tour was so much fun and Lorcan is an absolute character, who is passionate about what he does. He was full of amazing stories about such an important part of our heritage. For me, it was amazing to hear stories and facts that I would not have learnt about in a textbook.

Following my research, I found that those on the tour where very keen to know about smaller details at each location, such as the bullet holes that have been left behind since the rebellion, or details about the 16 who were executed following the rising. A vast selection of photographic content will really enrich the experience for the user, with captions underneath that may tell a story about an individual in the photo or an explanation to a significant event relating to the photo.

I’m going to now look for as much photographic content as I can for each of the locations, and hopefully I come across some that may have some unique stories to go with them.

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