The Sandwich Man (view this story)

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Tony Overman May 3, 2010, 11:30 p.m. permalink

Oh man! What a great story...great characters....great audio...some great images. This was entertaining from the first word until the final word "I guarantee it."
His voice and pace were perfect.
The detail shots were nice...loved the side shot of the sandwich with the paper wrapping up the sides (is that the shot in the preview, just cropped?)
Terrific use of a tripod, so that the great shots outside the store are so clean. The audio was equally clean and with no distractions.
The opening sequence as he goes through the ingredients had a bit of a jump-cut feel because some of the shots were framed the same. I love the idea, but it was a bit distracting. I went back and watched it twice to make sure, and it bugged me both times.
The old photos on the bulletin board ("$5 sandiwich") was nice, but stayed up a few seconds too long. That makes me think that adding more old photos might have slowed down the pace, too.
Clearly the lesson here is find those great characters. You hit a home run!

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Eric Seals May 4, 2010, 6:12 a.m. permalink

Thanks Tony,

I agree that bulletin bored was up a few seconds to long, I might just re edit that. I was trying to show the numbers of people who come into the shop. It's extremely, lines out the door and what happens the day I show up?? It was dead, I wasn't able to show the packed atmosphere and couldn't go back another day because I wanted to make this a one day shoot.

Did you notice the mix of my 5d footage with the Panasonic footage?

For guys like us with critical eyes it might stand out but for the average viewer on the web and TV I doubt it. Almost all the details of the sandwich making and paper wrapping up the sides was with the 5D.

Did it make you hungry? LOL!!

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Michael Fagans May 4, 2010, 9:04 a.m. permalink

Eric:

Home run!

I enjoyed watching this because I was surprised; you either had a fun cut, or neat audio that I wasn't expecting...it wasn't told in the usual or typical way. It was a clean, refreshing piece.

You let your subject's voice, character and personality drive the piece.

Kudos on a fantastic daily.

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John Harte May 6, 2010, 2:17 a.m. permalink

Wow, what a fantastic story! This is one I can't wait to share with my students. Congratulations on an outstanding piece.

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Peter Huoppi May 7, 2010, 2:56 p.m. permalink

This is what daily video should be all about. Well done.

If I have to come up with a criticism, it would be more nat sound during the sandwich making process, but I'm guessing he was talking the whole time.

We should all try to emulate storytelling like this.

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Eric Seals May 7, 2010, 6:17 p.m. permalink

LOL! Thanks Peter and yes he was talking the whole time always to the customers asking about their day, etc. I shot this in late March and still can't get his voice out of my head or that sandwich out of my stomach! :-)

YEAH BABY!!!

After my video ran on freep.com and was on the CBS morning show, he has slammed with customers. With only 3 people working there he had to go out and hire two more people. It was such fun to shoot and edit this, hope I can find more interesting people, he's one of a kind.

Eric

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Pat Shannahan May 9, 2010, 1:33 p.m. permalink

Great job. You really captured his character. The pacing was great too. It moved right along.

Pat

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Kathy Strauss May 18, 2010, 11:26 a.m. permalink

This is an inspiring story because you took a fairly simple subject -- a local business man -- and made a colorful, interesting video about him. This is a great example of how to highlight interesting characters in our communities. And yes, I definitely want to go eat one of those sandwiches , right now!

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