They say for every credit hour you’re enrolled in, you should spend double the time on that class additionally. What they don’t say is that your capstone is actually the one class that is not included in this equation. Instead of multiplying the average time by two, your capstone multiplies it by 24/7.
I am the project manager for Soul of Athens, an interactive multimedia capstone production. This year, we’re creating a website focusing on Appalachia, from content production, to user testing, to coding. Oh, and did I mention we only have 15 weeks from conception to birth?
— Soul of Athens (@soulofathens) March 13, 2013
Because of the time frame everything runs on a tight schedule, which naturally requires additional meeting times outside of class. Our designated class time falls on Tuesday and Thursday for an hour and 20 minutes. Our other meetings range from one to five hours on Monday, Friday and even the weekend if necessary.
It’s definitely a time commitment and I sometimes think to myself, what have I gotten into? But we all work together really well and I know we will have something beautiful to show for it in the end. – Elaina Duti, website developer
Every Friday we meet in the second floor conference room of Schoonover Center for four and a half hours to decide story directions, sketch wireframes and discuss frameworks. Accompanied by Donkey coffee and off brand chocolate chip cookies, each content team met with the interactive side about the heart of their narrative and how they envision it to be portrayed. Upon bouncing ideas off of each other, we all began to see a common desire of how to best tell the story of Appalachian land though its people, our theme for Soul of Athens 2016.
As concepts continue to blossom and evolve, there is only one theme that remains concrete as of now: do not recreate Snow Fall. We don’t want our site to look like a plug and play rip-off of something that has already been done before. I guess we could consider it our team motto since I literally hear the phrase “Snow Fall” 10 times a day.
We will NOT be mimicking Snow Fall…SOA 2016, like you’ve never seen before. – Melissa Riggs, creative strategist
Although we still have many meetings to go before our launch date, the ample amount of time spent on this website will be worthwhile, I think. I’m gaining valuable knowledge about how large team productions work while remaining in the small bubble of Athens, OH. Hopefully the experience won’t leave me soulless in Athens instead.