CNN Video Report

October 17, 2010 § Leave a comment

This 1:23 video is an example of good video reporting. It tells a story–starts with the beginning of this high school student’s day (5:22am) and uses a bunch of sequence shots that go with the reporter’s script.

The reporter makes the story more intimate by focusing on the student, Renee, using his own testimony and b-roll to generate likeness.

Then as the reporter generalizes to statistics, the video shows the feet of a bunch of students at the school, creating an establishing shot.

This story also employs the use of still photos, when the reporter talks about the study done by the university in Rhode Island. Two experts are interviewed as well.

The end of the story shows Renee getting into bed and turning off the tv, which is an appropriate closing shot.

The only thing I didn’t like about this story was the excessive use of dissolves to go from one shot to the other.


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