GG - guerrilla gardening (view this story)

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Michael Fagans Dec. 30, 2010, 4:19 p.m. permalink


Great subject. Interesting topic and colorful folks.

Not sure the video, still and stop motion integrates well for me. Some folks balk at mixing stills and video, I think it can work. The stop motion felt forced, I think I would have preferred video for those sections. Overall it started feeling long to me and started to look repetitive.

I think there is room for stills in this project, especially drag shutter to show traffic passing by and around the folks. I also want to hear from some 'authority' or someone who is not part of the group about what they think. I think we as video journalists could learn something from our 'word-herder' colleagues and think about getting more than one 'source' in a video to broaden the viewer's context.

For a short intro it gets the job done. I am curious to see what other FtF folks have to say about the stop motion. Appreciate your sharing this and I look forward to your next piece.

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Joe Karandy Feb. 27, 2011, 8:20 a.m. permalink

I think I would like to see these gardens during the day, that is when most people view them and when the gardens look their best.  I understand that most of the physical gardening is done at night but as we know street lights don't always provide the most appealing light.

Shooting during the day would also provide interviews with people who live in the neighborhood and walk by the garden every day.  Maybe interview the main subject somewhere else where he doesnt seemed as rushed?

For stop motion I always think of this piece by Lucas Olniuk and Randy Risling.  Also Daniel Mercadante's Everyone Forever Now work.

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