University of Michigan students go into space (view this story)

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Michael Fagans Aug. 10, 2010, 4:52 p.m. permalink

Eric:

Solid video, liked the VO intro, caught my attention.

Obviously the shaky cam is not your fault, although the second shaky cam space shot was a bit much on the second view. Loved the comment about making you want to throw up. It did.

Nat sound and story arc were there although it bogged down a bit for me with the search and retrieve. There were some nice moments in the search so I didn't zone out;, the tree comment was nice, Blair Witch bite was good too. Tighter there might help. Is it a process story or a learning story? I feel like there was a combo. A learning story with some funny process moments might 'read' better, might not.

Kudos for getting the video into/onto their balloon, that made a big difference and you probably get the award for the highest video shot on FtF.

Overall, I like it. It is not something I readily think of as a video story, so congrats for finding an interesting story and creating a solid story.

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Eric Seals Aug. 11, 2010, 5:12 a.m. permalink

Thanks Michael it was an out of this world experience LOL!!


I think most people could forgive the shaky cam space shots and at least there wasn't lots of it like I had planned and I'm so glad that professor mentioned about throwing up. When my cameras and payload fell back to earth and I took the footage off the SD cards I was bummed it was all so topsy turvy.  My only other option was to use stills off of frame grabs and apply a little big of movement to them which I didn't want to do.

Which part was bogged down with the search and retrieve part? 

The feedback I've been getting on it even from several people at NASA the whole tracking, following and finding was the most exciting part, even better than the two launches into space. For me Michael it put a twist in the story plot because it just didn't land in a big empty field and they had to go from space geeks to Indiana Jones mode to work long and hard at finding and getting it down.

Good question about it being a process story or learning story. I agree with you it was a mix of the two and thought it was a good blend that way.

I appreciate the feedback, take care :-)

Eric

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Eric Seals Aug. 11, 2010, 7:16 a.m. permalink

Michael,

This is how smooth and nice I wish my video going up and in space looked, check it out  -->   http://vimeo.com/12331583

In researching how to get the best quality video in space for this piece I was chatting with the guy who shot this.  It's nice

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Michael Fagans Aug. 11, 2010, 3:05 p.m. permalink

Eric:

Thanks for sharing the other video, very cool. How did they get it so smooth? Wings on the package?

I think with the retrieve section the pacing seemed slower visually than the rest of the piece for me. I agree that the change of pace from space to Indiana Jones was cool. Nit picky commenting more than anything else.

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Eric Seals Aug. 11, 2010, 3:21 p.m. permalink

Yep, you nailed it Michael.  Francois had wings and a tail on the styrofoam box with his cameras.  His advantage was he had just one box with camera where as the Michigan crew had 7 or 8 payloads with my gear causing lots of spin. 


Eric




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