Photoshop Documentary


The very start of this video is slow, it takes a lot of time going over an interview about the very beginning of Photoshop. The transition from the interview in the past to the present is surprising. An old-fashioned style of music comes on as it fades into Russel walking down the sidewalk. The silhouetted walk down the hallway as Russel comes into the building is also interesting and a good way to keep interest. As Russel sits down at the table the camera is constantly moving in some way. At one time, the camera jumps from the left side to the right side by using a short frame in the center of the table to act as a transition rather than panning and it breaks up the visual variety. As the guys talk, the camera will show one of them talking and then to another one laughing right after. The video also does a great job of jumping to images that are related to what the creators are talking about. There isn’t a variety of tight shots, most of the shots are medium shots that show a head-and-shoulders stream of one or two people but there are times when it cuts to just the head or a layered head shot with the back of someone in the foreground and the talking person in the background. This video isn’t really a documentary about what these guys do, it’s more of a non-formal interview and it would have been nice to see them in action but at the same time, it’s my understanding that this is a large part of the commercial world so in a way it does hold true to a documentary rather than an interview.

-Spencer Blair

Choosing an interview location

While watching this short film I began thinking about where i would like to capture my interview. I really would like to take in consideration the light situation. So with this shor film they briefly went over interviewing outdoors and picking up the harsh shadows. there were also a few other great point including filming by traffic as well as out doors because of the sound that is being picked up in the background.

Yukon Kings

In selecting this week’s video/film I opted to look for videos that had a predominate “Natural” feel to them.  With that said sometimes one has to go outside the confines of the city to find something a bit different.

I chose the video Yukon Kings primarily because it reminded me of my days out on the Bering when I was a young man.  Seeing the Alaskan horizon, the ever present storm clouds, and even the fishing gear [for me at least] brings a sense of nostalgia.  It is easy, as time passes, to forget how simple things used to be without the 24 hour presence of social media.

Yes we may have relied on handwritten letters and occasional telephone call at the payphone to keep in touch.  That reliance, however, keep communication at a very human level with minimal technological interference.  Such reliance, I fear, may be going by the wayside.  This is (secondary)why I chose the video Yukon kings.  It conveys the essence and meaning of reliance; and within the same moment it conveys the importance of passing tradition and the need to preserve tradition on to the next generation.

This video consists of a variety of shooting styles.  Combining pans, tilts, wide, medium, tight, action, and reaction shots it also utilizes a very subtle color grading.  Natural sound is placed carefully atop of a composed score that is woven symmetrically at key points and allowed to separate so as not to over inundate the viewer.

The story is driven by the strong visuals of the patriarchal figure as juxtaposed by the youngest generation of his family.  While not completely necessary [subtitles] are included for the linguistic comprehension of those unaccustomed to hearing the English language spoken by an Alaskan Native.

If I was to have filmed/edited this piece I think perhaps I would have provided for further separation between score and ambient. Perhaps a lower decibel of the score when pairing it to the ambient so that the ambient was positioned at a higher decibel rating.  The color grading is near perfect (as one who has spent considerable time under those skies out at sea can attest) so I would have changed nothing with regard to that aspect.

The sequencing was well done.  While the Grandmother is present in many scenes it perhaps was both prudent and culturally correct to let the Grandfather do the talking.  Keeping in mind that not all cultures view the feminine voice as appropriate for representation to outsiders.  This has nothing to do with women’s rights and everything to do with the foundations of the culture about which the movie is made as viewed by outsiders.

I get the feeling that something was indeed missing from this piece, however, I have as of yet been able to put my finger on it.  There is more to this story; as this feels more like an excerpt from a full length documentary rather than a mini-documentary.

-Submitted by Jonathan

Changes in the Enviornment


I tried to get this to show up as a video, but it would not work for me. This video was a strong sense on how our environments are changing. This video showed the natural sounds real well, along with a nice use of wide, medium, and tight. The shots with each interview really had nice use of light and interaction of each person. This is not too long but gave a strong impact of how change is always all around us.