Where Do They Go From Here (view this story)

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Kathy Strauss July 7, 2010, 2:10 p.m. permalink

Hey Will,
It's hard to critique you on technical issues. Your audio is clean and clear and I'm really impressed that you shot this with two cameras -- very slick editing of the different angles.

But the real strength in this story is hearing these voices. Yes, it's a little long but the fast pacing kept my interest up. The interviews remind me that although these subjects are young adults, they are also still just kids, making their way in the world, learning about resiliency, growth and all those other life skills.

Obviously this age group isn't often asked for its views on life. These kids all seem so eager to tell their stories. Your video doesn't necessarily answer any deep questions but it gives us a window back to young adulthood. They are all so hopeful and positive.

Thanks for posting it.

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Kevin Wellenius July 13, 2010, 9:34 a.m. permalink

Nice piece. I like the approach of cutting multiple interviews and organizing them along thematic lines. It is a strong way to create a composite of a group of people, in this case the graduating seniors. The fast cuts are essential to creating a feeling of one cross-sectional voice, and the video gives some visual aids to keep the characters straight.

I'm glad you were given the time to put something like this together. It's what local journalism should be all about.

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