40 yrs later PBB that killed 30,000 cows still affects (view this story)

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Jason Macqueen June 30, 2014, 11:41 p.m. permalink

Great work Eric!  Grim subject matter.

From the opening shot there was a sense of foreboding, kind of reminded me of the opening scenes of the Texas chainsaw massacre (the original) where they pass the slaughterhouse.  This certainly sets the scene for the rest of the piece.

You seemed to hit the mark for b-roll.  Every time someone mention pits, shooting cows, files and even flowers and sunshine you showed us.  Great work considering a lot of that footage was dug up.

On that note, the b-roll of the three cows was great.  I assume that was your footage.  Did you hypnotize them to get them to stand in the right spot?  I tend to find animals wait patiently for you to set up and then move just before you hit record.

Watching the old footage of the farmer also added to the sense of sadness.  For a second, I thought that he might have committed suicide but only until his wife mentioned that he didn't.  So  I was glad you included that or I would have wondered.

I liked the way you kept the story tight.  We don't need to know how the chemical was dumped in the food.  I pieced together that nothing was done and that the farmers shot their own cattle in the end... I had a moment to wonder why the postman put $20 in the mail for them but when you introduced the fact that they were receiving letters I guessed that their plight was well known.'

Hope this is some help.

Now i'm going to look for something happy to watch.


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Eric Seals July 1, 2014, 9:44 a.m. permalink

Hi Jason,

Thanks for the comments.

This site use to have lots of videos that I and others would review but over the past 1 1/2 years it's just not as busy as it use to be which is sad because people use to get something out of watching the videos and reading the comments.

I'd always talk up the site at various workshops I'd teach and hope this site will pick up.

Take care


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Jason Macqueen July 1, 2014, 2:58 p.m. permalink

So do I.  

I'm self taught and work on my own.  Watching videos and reading the comments has been a great recourse for me.  You really don't the same sort of feedback from asking friends and family.  I was craving someone to give me constructive comments.  This is the only place I have found them.


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Eric Seals July 1, 2014, 3:04 p.m. permalink

Yeah man I'm self taught as well. 

I've been doing this since 2008 and still watch lots of documentaries, read a lot, etc.

There isn't much out there for feedback and I often send my pieces to various directors and producers of long form stories and doc that I really respect and get great feedback and good constructive criticism.


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Jason Macqueen July 1, 2014, 4:40 p.m. permalink

I had some people that used to work in the industry but I don't really have access to them any more.

Anyway, I might go back through the archive and write up some comments to compare to what you had written.  See If i can get into the swing of it.

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Eric Seals July 1, 2014, 4:44 p.m. permalink

Cool man!

I've got a couple more workshops I'm teaching at in the next two months and plan on spreading the word of FtF.

Colin started this site about 4 years ago after he and I were talking about wishing there was a site that people could post and get good feedback. 

Fingers crossed more people will post their videos for reviews and more people will comment.

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