Behind the Lens: Bhopal (view this story)

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Michael Fagans Oct. 28, 2010, 9:28 p.m. permalink


Thanks for sharing and taking some risks.

I am not sure that is the right music for this piece. I would agree staying away from the somber plodding sound you might expect was a good idea, and I didn't mind the quick sections, but it added an upbeat feeling to the piece which seems at odds with the history of the event.

I thought the first series of quick cuts was the most successful, the repeating of images didn't work for me on the second series, it felt forced.

Kudos for taking the chance, it did not feel like a typical soundslides project and you should get credit for that. Because it doesn't feel like soundlsides I wanted more credit information to roll at the end. How long the photographers were there, who they were there with or for? I also kind of wanted to know how many people died in the tragedy, has it ever been resolved, how does it fit into the larger political picture (largest industrial accident in India)?

The skype interview seemed to be the harshest audio quality, although I could not tell you how you might address that issue. Perhaps someone else on the site can.

I think in the end you have succeeded because you raise more questions that you answer and it is interesting insight into the event that I have not heard before.

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Emiel Elgersma Nov. 1, 2010, 6:25 a.m. permalink

The starting is cool, the uptempo music, displaying all those pictures, make me interested in the sotry. But later i would like to see those pictures again, while the story unfolds. 

For skype - maybe calling a landline would have produced better sound, but I have no idea how the quality is in India. The quality is also depending on internet speed. 

You might want to subtitle the interviews, as a non-native it is quite hard to fully understand it, specially the skype (?)  interview.

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