Saturday, January 19, 2008
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
This one is obviously great. It won 1st place in the General News category of the National Press Photographers Association’s 2006 awards.
I love the sound, the extreme close ups, the unique camera positioning and lighting. I love the way it’s written. The sounds draw you in, then he throws in the twist of the boxing being this guy’s ministry.
I also like the line that the boxer says about “transcending boxing” and how that’s a way to get non-boxing fans to want to watch you box. If you ask me, this package is a “transcending” news story. I couldn’t care less about boxing—but I couldn’t stop watching this award winning story.
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
This one I got right from the National Geographic website. It’s interesting and informational, but a bit dry if I may say so. It reminds me of a video we might have been forced to watch in high school went we had a substitute teacher. Don’t get me wrong—it’s not badly done, but I would have done it differently. Maybe starting with more of a mysterious edge—why are these people painting on the sides of ancient buildings? It’s graffiti at its best. Or perhaps a closer look at one of the artists shown in the spot.
Either way, it’s an interesting topic—something new learned from these fun short videos!
Monday, June 25, 2007
I love Current TV. This doc is on cave dwellers in China. It's amazing to think that people actually live like this these days! Just add this to the places in the world I need to visit.
Friday, June 15, 2007
I guess I have a thing for documentaries narrated by people with British accents. This one's about LongHorn Jim and the babies he takes care of--both his lambs and his real children.
I love the different camera angles—the extreme wide shots, the close ups-- and the calm narrative voice. I like the way the story juxtaposes Longhorn Jim’s real children and the lambs he’s taking care of. Sometimes you don’t know which he’s talking about.
It's so well told and well shot. Another great one from FourDocs.
Friday, June 08, 2007
I was on the fence about whether or not I really liked this documentary, but I've officially decided that I do. It does what it set out to do--inform the public about flag etiquette and use really nice photos of flags to keep the attention. I like the calm, quiet music behind it as well.
And to be honest--I think any voice over done by a person with an accent would keep my attention for any amount of time.
Wednesday, June 06, 2007
The UK's Channel 4 is smothered in controversy right now because of the Princess Diana documentary set to air tonight. While I’ve lost some respect for the channel due to the current situation, I do like checking out the videos on their website—something I’ve been doing for months now.
Today I watched this FourDoc—New Light Room—and totally loved the way it used animation to tell the story! No interviews, no people, barely even any scenery, just clever camera tricks.