Saint Nicholas Church, Ten Years Later (view this story)

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Eric Seals Nov. 12, 2011, 8:53 p.m. permalink

Julia,


Really nice job with this!!  I can tell you put lots of time and thought into this.

You had so many different people interviewed in this video but the cool thing was each person added something different and helped advance the story and made me want to keep watching.

It was 5 minutes long but that didn't matter because the subject matter and the way you told the story held my interest. You used every inch of the timeline and made it count. Nothing dragged about your piece and I was fascinated by it because I didn't know much about it and I learned something new about 9/11.

Loved the pictures you used as well and the one showing the church with the towers in the background after the attack...then a short interview with the photographer talking about it???  GREAT!!!

Loved the rise and fall of the music with monks.

I can't find much that stood out to me that could have been improved on .  This is very minor but the two things I'd mention is;

1. At the beginning and at the 2:06 mark you used words on screen and I think voicing them instead would have better underneath the music.

2. If you have access to a slider using that camera  movement on some of your details of things destroyed in the church would of help give it nice visual look.

Like I said, very minor things.

Really nice job!!  Keep up the good work! :-)

Eric



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Julia Xanthos Nov. 13, 2011, 9:45 p.m. permalink

Thank you Eric for taking the time to watch and review my video once again. Making boring pieces is not my objective so to hear you say you enjoyed it is pretty terrific. 

This one took a lot out of me because there were so many different pieces and telling a story which had already happened was tricky for me. Funny you suggested using a slider for the detail shots. I just ordered something called cineskates I havent tried it out yet officially but am thinking about ways to put it to use creatively without being a gimmick. You know what I mean? It is really a fun product I am psyched it just arrived in the mail.

Your critiques are really thoughtful and appreciated. This was a nice surprise. 

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Eric Seals Nov. 14, 2011, 6:12 a.m. permalink

Well it wasn't boring that's for sure Julie, the subject matter and the stories from the people made it very engaging. I remember some of your work from last year and you've for sure grown as a storyteller. 


Playing the "could I have done this video last year" game I do all the time. to myself. Sometimes I win and sometimes I lose.  You won for sure with this :-)

I was an early backer for Cineskates in August, here's mine;  
http://on.fb.me/ur5u0m 
and Justin got them to me in September.  They're fantastic and a very portable slider option compared to my other slider which I still love to use.
http://on.fb.me/rs4bo5  

Playing with it and getting to know the limits has been fun and I'm just waiting for the right story or visuals to use them.

Looking forward to seeing what you do next. Bring the same passion and intensity to you next piece and you'll do great. 

Eric

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