Ruth Morton WBFF "To Honor a Hero"
Brian Johnson WBFF "I Think We Predicted Something"Judges Comments
7 9 9 9 Awesome! That is how an airport story should be done. Sounded like there was some good communictation with the photog and reporter with how the video was written too. Loved how yal'll peeled layers of info and revealed the airport. Well thought open and close with the music. Nice interview framing. Nice variety of sound. Hard to believe this was a day turn. Only critique was some of the bites and track overlapped and little too much for my taste. Just made it a little distracting. 8 9 8 9 I've seen a lot of bad-weather-at-the-airport stories, but this one had just enough surprises in it to set it apart. I liked the way you weaved the music in and out in the beginning and then called it back at the end. You had good variety to your interviews. The one thing I can nit-pick is the area around 1:05-1:09. The priest was left up a half-second too long and the next soundbite started stepping on your reporter track. Really nice job though. 8 8 7 8 Well done. You and that reporter have a good mix together. Good teamwork gathering just stuff to make a "story" at the airport. Good use of the nats from the music to open and close. You framed up some subjects with creativity and other were just blah. One thing that really bothered me was the dissolved sun shot to wide shot looking up. Not sure why you did that. I didn't feel an effect capitalized that moment of trx and soundbite. You obviously gathered a lot for a day turn. You deserve a pat on the back for this one. One more thing. The wide shot of the person playing the ukelele was bad framing. There was such a huge gap between her and the crowd.
Ben Worsley WBFF "Another Good Looking Caboose"Judges Comments
6 7 8 7 Pretty shots. Loved the framing on the inteviews especially guy in the window. Good sequencing. Nice varieyt of sound. Real teamwork here. Not much to knit pick. The reveal shot of the caboose could been longer. Would haave liked a more variety of shots for the caboose reveal. 8 8 8 9 Wow, I really see the effort you put in here. So many shots of the caboose in transit, that's not easy. The story had a good flow with a clear beginning, middle, and end. The nats pulled me along from one scene to the next and the reaction soundbites were fantastic. If I could offer critique, it would be that some of your nats were not a crisp as I would've liked. I heard a lot wind and hollow sound that seemed it was picked up from your nats mic from far away. There was also a point when the guy in the window started talking and all the outside audio went away eventhough we were still seeing b-roll. Keep that audio up and fade gradually when you bring the guy full. Very nice job on this story. 9 8 9 9 Nice work. For something that was on the move you stuck with it and worked hard. Nicely done. Only thing I noticed for it to be a super clean piece was audio issues here and there. First was at the beginning with the use of wind nats. Sounded like a mic with no windscreen that was overmodulated but you brought down the dbs to use the nats. It just didn't sound clean. Also was when you intv the guy in mt airy through the window all the nats audio while broll was covering up sot disappeared. If your using broll always have nats. Great reaction bites from the two dudes on the overpass. Hope you gave him crap for wearing a Skins skully in Bmore. The overpass shots were amazing with Baltimore skyline in the back. Wish those shots would've stayed up a little bit longer. They were just that good. I didn't like the off the shoulder shot while swinging the cam. Unless you know your super smooth just keep it on the sticks. Plus you could see your unit on the side of the road at the end of the frame. Great job overall.
Chris Jenkins WTVR "Jacai Was Just an Awesome Person"Judges Comments
Nicely shot. Great framing. Nice use of natural light for a night story. I would have liked to see the still picture a little more creatively used in the middle. Maybe was there a picture at the scene? Or something like you did for the close. Actually telling a full narrative can be tough with a nat pack. There was some holes in the story that II felt needed to be addressed. How did Jacai die? Who did he work for, what kind of police was he? I felt the close could have been stronger. 7 9 8 7 Kudos from gaining up instead of blasting people with your toplight, I hate seeing that at vigils. I would've liked to have had a little more story with this piece. I don't know how it funcioned in a newcast, if details were given oustide the pkg, but I would've liked to have had at least one soundbite saying something about why he died. 8 9 9 9 Nat pkg with so much great sound from ppl. Loved the framing of the bald guy. Great use of light in all shots and podium sound. There was a bit of content I felt left out to understand how he died, but on the other hand I took into consideration this piece could have been a sights/sounds piece following another pkg. Excellent shooting and editing. I swear I keep copying and pasting the same thing about pacing and flow. This is what a perfect example of a great pace is. Not to mention, loved, LOVED, the singing nats playing underneath flawlessly and bringing them up for nat pops here and there. That's not an easy thing to do. Felt you should have brought up the pic at the end a bit earlier or when the last podium sot was to close it out. Other than that I felt it was great. Keep up the good work.