Where Boats Go to Die (view this story)

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Brandon Ross Aug. 19, 2013, 9 a.m. permalink

I love this piece. I absolutely love it.

Interesting characters, interesting subject, well shot, well edited. You obviously know what you're doing.
The two women at the 1:10 mark are perfect.
I think you did everything right. There are so many mistakes you could have made, from lingering too long on one interview or shot, to not using a tripod, to not using enough nat sound, to not getting enough variety of shots. 
The shots from inside the car really put a nice edge on this video. 
3:45 sounds long for a video like this, but I don't think the length was a problem. You used it to complete the story, and it was well paced.
Really nice job!

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Pat Shannahan Aug. 19, 2013, 9:28 a.m. permalink

Thanks Brandon. This was a ton of fun to shoot.

I learned a big lesson on this story about collaboration.  A lot of times I shy away from collaborating and want to just do everything myself. I knew on this I might not have enough hands to gather enough footage from the actual race, which ended up only lasting around 10 minutes. Republic/12 News photographer Lynn French was excited about seeing the destruction and went with me on race day to help. If I was there by myself I would have been stuck in one spot for the race and risked not getting the nice interviews from the stands and another angle of the race.  Having two of us there made editing so much easier because I had more angles and footage to use. I'm certainly not going to shy away from collaborating in the future. Some stories need an extra set of eyes and ears.

Thanks again for taking the time to review my story.

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