Tuesday, April 7, 2009

A picture is worth a thousand words

In this blog post, I want to discuss editing techniques used in mainstream media and popular networks such as the National Geographic channel. There are a variety of techniques for making a story more compelling and impactful by bringing news home to the audience. Recently, we've all have heard of the devastation caused by the earthquake in Italy and the tragedy of the lives that were lost. Viewers like you and I, who were not there to experience the quake firsthand, cannot imagine the pain and suffering that befell the people of L'Aquila, but with proper editing techniques combined with captivating visual images, it could be made possible for the story to come to life. This clip from NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams features a vast amount of editing techniques. It provides natural sound, a variety of shots, sequencing, appropriate spacing and most importantly shots that tell the full story. Once you click on the link to the story, you'll see the destruction caused by the earthquake, natural sound of sirens, victims crying, workmen removing rubble, occasional chatter and construction machines. The shots follow the reporters words to illustrate the story including medium, tight and wide angles. When elements such as these are utilized sequentially, it makes a story come full circle. Click on the link below and see for yourself.

Watch Italy Quake

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