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Final Audio Story

For my final audio story, I added more to what I had for my draft. I was able to meet up with my mentee- Emerson again and had him go into depth and elaborate on the different cultural programs and activities WSU has been and is still offering him to get involved in as a Pacific Islander. For my interview, I added a more interesting start to it. I began with greeting the audience in the Samoan language, so that the audience can better identify that I am Samoan. I’ve also shared in depth some of my experiences in the Multicultural Student Services and Pacific Islanders Club ever since I attended here.

After inputting these add-on’s from both of our interviews with my mentee, I basically used the razor tool to cut some of the “umm’s” and the unnecessary pauses throughout each of our interviews. I also tried to fade parts and give the right amount of space between certain parts to make it sound smooth. After completing those steps towards my final project, I knew I had satisfied all of the critiques stated by my group members, so I moved on to the next step to fulfilling what I had in mind, which was adding an Otea drum beat instrumental in the background. This Otea drum beat instrumental is a combination of other popular Tahitian Otea drum beats found on Youtube. I thought it would be a great idea to use this Otea drums beat instrumental mix as part of my final audio story, because it was used for our performance during Dad’s Weekend 2011 Luau.

After inputting the music as part of my final audio story, I tried to fade the talking in and out less than the music so that it sounded dominant. I think I could have added a little more information from other people, but I didn’t want to make it too long and bore the audience. Hope our share in this audio story gave an interesting sounding to the ear. Thank you for tuning in!


Draft Audio Story

When trying to figure out what kind of audio story I would create based on my topic entitled, “My Passion for Pacific cultures,” I was debating on whether to interview Pacific Islander students here at WSU why they love their Pacific cultures or what their experiences as Pacific Islanders are like throughout their college years here at WSU. My mind was settled when I first interviewed my mentee, Emerson, who is actually from the same island as I am. Instead of sharing as to why he loved our Samoan culture, he wanted to share his experience here at WSU, and how WSU offers many opportunities to make him feel at home.

My goal for my audio story is to address my theme (relevant to the my topic) of “How the Pacific culture grows  no matter where Pacific Islanders go” and “How one Pacific Islander’s experience can positively influence incoming Pacific Islanders here at WSU.

I only conducted two interviews, one of my mentee at Multicultural Student Services, and the other of my own experiences and perspective. I would love to receive any feedback, whether or not to get more interviews or not. Because I feel like my mentee and I, have addressed our experiences on behalf of every Pacific Islander here at WSU, clear enough.

The next step I would take towards this project, in preparation to getting the final story draft done, is to add a narration in the beginning and the ending. I will also use the razor tool to cut out the part where we both introduce our names, and go straight to our interviews. To wrap it all up, I will also add an instrumental in the background throughout my story-telling to avoid being dull.

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Final Logo


Hello there, viewers. I would like to introduce to you my Final Logo project. I have designed my logo in a way that perfectly represents an important aspect of my topic entitled, “My Passion for my Traditional Samoan Dance.”

When I started with the first step of my Logo project, which was the draft logo, I started by laying out a rectangle and some circles, which gave me the idea of a Samoan woman wearing the traditional Samoan headdress. To give a brief summary of the headdress, it is part of the Samoan traditional outfit that one should wear, when performing the traditional Siva Samoa. The headdress is handmade with a solid headband, bamboo sticks, shells, feathers, pearls, and human hair.

When I constructed my logo, I formed a rectangle with a solid black fill, and formed star shapes with white solid fills and crooked, thin lines, running through it to complete the looks of the headband. Attached to the center of the headband going up were three different circles, varying from larger to smaller, and one of top of the other, to represent the shells. Each and every circle had a liner gradient fill of the colors, white and gray. After that, I attached three rectangle shapes to the shells with widths minimized to form bamboo-looking-sticks, which then stood at 60 to 70 degree angles. I then moved on to use the pencil to create a feather-looking object, added a gradient fill, and made 10 duplicates of the object to attach on the bamboo sticks I had created. The next move was to create human hair, attached to the headband and flowing out. For this part, I used the paintbrush tool in black to outline the hair, and then I used a light brown fill on it. Moving along with the paintbrush, I outlined the face of the Samoan lady, including the trace of red lipstick on her mouth and on the cheek to form a half-moon, which completes the make-up of a Samoan lady, when performing the Siva Samoa. This could have been the last step for the logo; however, I added the Samoan necklace made from the pig’s teeth to balance how the logo will look overall. From the bamboo stick I previously created from rectangles, I took one and made 5 duplicates of it to form the necklace, and attached it to the neck. The logo was completed; however it was just a draft, which needed feedback from viewers in order to work on the final logo.

From the critiques I had received from my group members, not much work was needed to be done on my logo; they only recommended that I give it a touch up for the background. Therefore, I formed a circle around the headdress and necklace, sent it to the back, and gave it a radial gradient with colors white and brown. Then for the final move, I gave the background an outer-glow, which gave my final logo the perfect shine.

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