This one is my Favorite because it speaks the truth and it one of the reason i go play airsoft sometimes i guy behind the computer all the time just needs to go and get the crap kicked (or in my case Shot) out of them.
Please check out and watch at least three of these short documentaries on the California is a Place website. This is powerful storytelling with excellent production values. In comments below, tell me what your favorite story is and why. Be specific.
I liked this one:
We are on the final stretch of the quarter. You should be shooting your final documentary story this week and maybe even doing some pre-editing of your footage. Get it downloaded ASAP to make sure everything–audio, focus, white balance –is working. I am still waiting for your story treatment assignment. Please have that to me no later than Thursday at the beginning of class.
Tuesday, students need you to finish up and export their Widget Maker videos by the end of class.
Finally, there are a lot of folks that are missing chapter summaries. Your grade gets slammed by not having those done –even if they are late. I need to know you read the chapters and understand the info. It is going to get crazy in the next few weeks, so don’t get behind. Have a plan to finish strong!
This is a really cool, creative video shot by former Spokesman-Review photojournalist Brian Plonka.
Brian writes: I used a hydrophone on a long cable to record the sounds of shifting and settling ice in Hauser Lake, Idaho. Changing the levels of depth with the hydrophone under the lake produces different sound results. Just a simple combination of video and stills to accompany the sound driven piece.
Ok, we are on a roll. You should be knee-deep in your widget maker edit with plans to be finished and posted on the blog by Friday. At the same time you need to be putting the final touches on your plans for shooting your final project. You’ll need to write-up a story treatment for your video and pitch it to me this week. See an example in the blogs “Class Links” Don’t wait for the last-minute, as we are running tight on time. The end of the quarter gets busy for everyone, so get cracking’ and give yourself enough time to tell a great story.
Chapter summary for this week will be Chapter 13: Editing a Story. That will be due on Friday this week.
Once a symbol of industrial might and now ground zero for rustbelt blight, the Packard plant in Detroit has become an urban explorers’ delight, graffiti artists’ canvas, scrappers’ cash in a city beleaguered by decay. BRIAN KAUFMAN/Detroit Free Press
This story is all about the visuals. It was shot by newspaper photographer/videographer Brian Kaufman who uses his strong visual skills to tell the historic story of the Packard Plant now in ruins.
Questions to answer:
Is opening the video with a poem an effective way to start this story? Does it grab you, are you pulled into the story?
What other techniques did Kaufman use to tell this story?
This story has great cinematography by Phillip Hodges
20 years ago, Steven Millward tragically broke his neck falling off a rodeo horse; now, he must call upon his friend, veteran horse whisperer Grant Golliher, to gentle the new colts about to enter his herd. Through Grant’s compassion and dedication to the horses, Steven becomes inspired to live his dreams of riding once again. This touching story of friendship, hope, heartbreak, and healing begs the question: what does it truly mean to be a COWBOY?
Question to answer:
How do the visuals enhance this story?
What about the colors in this story?