A half century career on fabric design - Junichi Arai (view this story)

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Michael Fagans May 6, 2010, 8:59 p.m. permalink

Yang Xu:

The most interesting question that is raised, but not answered in your piece, is why your subject believes that textiles can contribute to world peace.

Not knowing Chinese, and only having a passing knowledge of Japanese, I hesitate to even critique the opening because I don’t know if this is a simple name confirmation or a language pun.

I like your attention to the details of the fabric, which is very important in this video. There were a lot of pans in your video, most of the larger ones were not that successful for me. The slower, detailed orientated pans, did work in my opinion. There were also a number of camera reframing shots that were very abrupt. If I need the audio I try to hide the reframe with B-roll and start the sound and then cut to the person after the reframe, if possible.

I really liked the one shot through the material, it showed me you were working and thinking.

I would like to know if this is an exhibit, a traveling show, a retrospective, I couldn’t find that information. I am also intrigued that a Japanese textile expert is visiting China, but there is not much of a mention on that. Perhaps it is not a big deal.

I appreciate your willingness to share your work and I would really like to get a Chinese or Japanese perspective on your video.

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Colin Mulvany May 6, 2010, 11:26 p.m. permalink

I would add that the music in this story overpowered the narrative at times. It is very important to listen carefully with and without headphones on to find the proper audio levels for music in a video story. Your choice of music was a bit too emotional for this story.

I concur on Michael's mention of the overuse of tilts and pans shots. Instead you should have shot more sequences of the scenes of the dresses.

Shooting lots of wide, medium, tight and super-tight shots of a scene (with camera on a tripod) makes your editing sessions go faster and smoother later. With sequencing you could have taken a wide shot of the dresses, cut to a tight shot of the texture of fabric on a dress, then cut to a medium shot that show the whole dress, then cut to a super-tight detail. Sequencing keeps the viewer visually engaged. You did some sequencing, but the story needed more.

Finally the red font in the lower thirds title was hard to read.

Good to hear from our video journalists friends from China!

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Yang Xu May 10, 2010, 1:48 a.m. permalink

Thank you soooo much!
It's so good to have my works shared with experts all around the world.
And your suggestions are all very sharp, and go directly to where I have paid less attention during post-editing.
It's really helpful.

I'll encourage more of my Chinese counterparts to join this team.

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