Multimedia – Rick Egan, First Place


1. Rock star for a day, Rick Egan

1. Rock star for a day had some great moments and made me want to care about Michael. Even though I didn’t know who he was or what made him special, I still cared because I learned about him from the people around him. The biggest shortcoming of this video is that I didn’t care about Michael until the end because he was not introduced, therefore learning that he was a rockstar for a day didn’t mean much because no context had been provided. Some simple re-structuring of the layers of this story narrative could make this a really strong package.

http://www.thespectrum.com/apps/pbcs.dll/artikkel?Dato=99999999&Kategori=NEWS01&Lopenr=120306004&Ref=AR
2. Zion frogs, Samantha Clemens

2. There’s nothing exciting about being handed an assignment about testing frogs and snipping tadpole tales but this story succeeded because it had a clear beginning middle and end. It had a pretty good mix of nat sound and narrative. I knew very early on the “what” and then learned the “how” and “why”. The sound editing could use some polishing and it could use a better closer. Kudos to the shooter and editor for making it a complete story. Nailing the simple stories like this again and again sets you up for success when you get a story that you really care about.

http://www.heavyglow.com/Fight.html
3. Enter the cage, Erin Hooley

3. Best access and best visuals of all of the stories I judged. Nice work. It could use some real help in the editing. I stopped watching at around the 5-minute mark because it lost my attention. I’ll never say that online video should be 2, 3, or 5-minutes long but however long it is it needs to be engaging and we need to be taken further into the story and see moments. It started off as a sights and sounds piece about MMA and it took well over a minute to get into any narrative that could tell me what this story was about. It wasn’t until 3:35 that we started to hear from the main character. There seems like tons of good material here and I think this story could be edited down to a really nice package that takes you through the layers of the story in about 6 minutes.

Judge: Garrett Hubbard
Visual Storytelling Producer