July 20, 2011
ESPN produced this multimedia project about Charlie Wittmack, an American who decided to sell his house, leave his job and attempt a world triathlon (a feat that includes swimming the English Channel, biking to India and climbing Everest). Oh, and he has a wife and toddler son. It’s a really interesting story and the producers do a good job of making it an immersive, interactive experience. The use of several chapters that can be flipped through like a book makes it easier to consume the entire project, which would probably be too long for most viewers on the web if presented in one segment. The video quality and editing has much to be desired (not enough b-roll moments and ambient sound and far too many jump cuts) and the music is totally over-used, but the interactivity makes up for a lot of the errors. The Post has made similar projects in the past, like this one about the 9:30 Club here in D.C. I think it’s a great format and I hope to see it used with more multimedia projects in the future.

ESPN produced this multimedia project about Charlie Wittmack, an American who decided to sell his house, leave his job and attempt a world triathlon (a feat that includes swimming the English Channel, biking to India and climbing Everest). Oh, and he has a wife and toddler son. It’s a really interesting story and the producers do a good job of making it an immersive, interactive experience. The use of several chapters that can be flipped through like a book makes it easier to consume the entire project, which would probably be too long for most viewers on the web if presented in one segment. The video quality and editing has much to be desired (not enough b-roll moments and ambient sound and far too many jump cuts) and the music is totally over-used, but the interactivity makes up for a lot of the errors. The Post has made similar projects in the past, like this one about the 9:30 Club here in D.C. I think it’s a great format and I hope to see it used with more multimedia projects in the future.

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