RedLine Graffiti: ‘A Spirit of a Collective’

Three band members of RedLine Graffiti – an ‘indie rock meets electronica’ band – describe their group’s sound and chemistry.

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Sunset Vigil for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

On April 4, 2012, the 44th anniversary of King’s assisination, a vigil was held at King’s memorial in Washington, D.C., to reflect on the man and his legacy.

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‘These are the good ‘ole days’ – Profile of Bobby Bobo

Bobby Bobo teaches people who are blind or visual imparied, how to use a computer for their jobs and personal lives. He teaches at the Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind in Silver Spring, Maryland.

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Stand-up Exercise

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Video Critiques

This video was shown in one of my classes last semester, and it really stuck with me. Not only was this a compelling story, it was wonderfully produced which made this an effortless experience.

The most memorable shots were the close-ups. The water trickling from the fountain on the family’s property, what seemed to be chapter sequences with the shots of the clock in the car, the mailbox, the woman crying, all of these elements contributed to the story. An almost perfect shot was when there was a long shot of the road while the woman was driving, then the person operating the camera adjusted the focus to put the obituary of the father, which could be seen in the reflection in the front window, in full focus. It solidified the purpose of the woman’s journey.

Audio levels were good and consistent all throughout the video. Even when there was music playing in the background, it never took away from the story. In fact, the words of the music went right along with the theme of the story. Another favorite part of mine, was when the audio/video was seamlessly edited from when the lady was rehearsing her speech in her family’s home to when she actually delivered her speech in Washington D.C.  ( which was made known by the shot of the Capitol from the room where she was giving her presentation).

This required many hours of work. The person who operated the camera appeared to have accompanied her throughout her road trip. The person also had enough time to go around the city to get shots in order to set the scene of the hometown.

I remembered this video from Bootcamp. I thought it was a great use of video and photos. Although it was produced well, there were still some details to his story that I felt were missing. Nevertheless, it was a compelling visual story.

In the opening moments, it was nice how the interviews between Dali and his sister overlapped with the words, “Please don’t let them take me.” The quality of the picture and audio for all the interviews was very good.

One thing that threw me off a little were the shots of the prison. I wasn’t sure if that was the same prison that Dali was in, or just footage of a random prison. If that was Dali’s prison, I would really like to know how he was able to get access for those shots, particulary inside the prison and even the shot of the inmates walking. I understand the effect that the producer was trying to make with the black and white shots of the prison, but I think the same effect could’ve been reached without it.

I really like how photos were also used to tell this story. I loved the photos. Blending photos with video is exactly the kind of work I would like to do. The pictures were composed well, and also supported what was said in the interviews. An example of that would be when Dali’s sister said that he’s still in his 19-year-old state of mind, and then you see a photo of him hopping the fence.

Overall, I really appreciated the editing and the close shots, especially in the court room when you can see the reaction on Dali’s family. This was a very effective video. It told a story that transpired over the course of 18 years into five minutes.  It hooked you from the beginning and kept you intrigued all the way through the end. This was done by focusing on the key elements of his story, his arrest, a brief mention of what it was like to be imprisoned, when he was freed and his life after prison.

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