Sugar, We’re Going Down – Dirty Kanza

I’m not religious, but as I’m standing outside the sunroof of Alex’s car, I’m mentally reciting some prayer about guardian angels my mom would recite whenever she was nervous. I’m almost thankful for the Saint Christopher necklace I’m wearing at the moment, but I have this mental image of this old man sitting in the clouds saying, “I’m not protecting that idiot! She’s doing this to herself!”

The car is zooming down a bumpy, red road with dark red dust cramming itself up my noise, fogging my glasses, and scratching my throat as Alex is driving as close as he can to a bike rider, Seth, without hitting him. Sam and Izzy are both hugging my legs while Tony is sticking most of his body out to get the rider and I know exactly how he’s going to be editing this.

Tony and Alex are shouting out questions to him. It’s hard not to suddenly laugh because I’m thinking how one of my professors told me the best interviews were when people were allowed to walk around. I wonder what he would think of interviewing someone on a bike.

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First Bite: An Animated Vampire Tale | Op-Docs | The New York Times

This probably doesn’t count as a micro-doc, but I really liked it and kind of wanted to talk about it. I’ve seen animation used in documentaries and this could be a documentary about a certain time of history? Alright, alright, I know, it’s cheating.

Anyway, I thought his was kind of a fun way to look back at history and turn it into a form of media. The story comes from a report from government official. Even though some of the observations made by the reporter could be explained away by science now (like how nails and hair do grow after someone dies), but it was a fun way to look at history.

Ebola Virus Outbreak 2014: Dying at the Hospital Door | The New York Times

I liked how the documentary got straight to the point without missing a eat. You could tell that the editor knew exactly what was going to be his/her strongest piece of footage.  I would say the character is the doctor without borders that we meet close to the beginning. I thought it was interesting how the doctor said he had to start turning people away even though they were dying outside. It might just seem weird to me because I cannot picture. It just seems so impossible. The narrator gets straight to the point of the story and tell us what happens and what is going on without missing a beat. I feel like everything in this four minute doc had it’s moment so I thought it was good. This feels a bit more newsy to me than a documentary, but that might also be why I like it so much.

The Marijuana Divide

Music really does set the tone and I didn’t think a documentary about marijuana would kind of bore me. The documentary has a lot of moving scene setting type shoots and it repeats. I know getting b-roll of something that is illegal is difficult to get and I wouldn’t usually be bothered by it except that it is the New York Times so I feel like they have more access than other people, but the b-roll does get better later on in the video. I think I focused more on the tech stuff because it kind of bothered me which is weird considering the subject matter and how I’m usually interested in stuff like this so that was kind of disappointing. I feel like they overused the tilt movement in this piece a little bit also, but that is just my opinion.

Ferguson and Eric Garner

It was only twenty minutes away…

“I want to go,” Dad said as we both watched CNN. Ferguson was twenty minutes away and I felt a slight itch to move, grab my camera, and go.

But I wasn’t a reporter. I wasn’t working for KOMU, KBIA, or any other newsroom. I wasn’t a protester. Heck, I wasn’t sure what to make of the whole situation in Ferguson. I knew the story, but I wasn’t sure. I wouldn’t be surprised if a police officer did use excessive force.

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