I confess. I only watched President Obama’s address to Congress with half my attention Tuesday night.
I posted this tag cloud to spokesman.com, but later at home I went back and played some more. This time, I created a word tree showing the context in which Obama used the pronoun “I”. Below you will see Obama’s promises and most personal of statements stand out in stark relief. Recognizing that these events are heavy on rhetoric and light on accountability, I look forward to rereading these in a few months.
Last week I worked with reporter Mike Prager to put together a slideshow on Spokane’s Abraham Lincoln Statue. The news peg was Lincoln’s bicentennial, which Spokane will be observing with gusto this week.
We had a number of historical photos, and photographer Jesse Tinsley had recently shot the statue from several angles for a graphic.
I’ve made a number of videos but only one previous audio slideshow in Final Cut. This time around, I owned the process.
I asked Mike to keep his script tight, and he did so, packing in substantive narration based on his reporting. We clocked in at about 1:20.
I asked Colin Mulvany to help set us up to record the script. As a result, we had a great mic in a quiet room.
Although we were shorthanded on the desk, I invested time in the details. I worked the motion of the photos and their duration again and again until I was satisfied.
With Colin’s guidance, I learned how to include two photos in the frame at once, fading them in separately. This was useful for verticals.
This may not be the sexiest subject I’ve tackled, but it came out the most polished.