Finding the right video style for our final #loweclass project

A man impersonating Obama. A group of dirt bikers riding in downtown Baltimore. And a woman blazing a new path in NBA coaching.

These three stories may have been told in different video styles, but they all had one thing in common. A compelling story line that always had the viewer wanting more. As #loweclass drifts closer to the finish line and their final project, it has come to the point where we can incorporate different styles of storytelling with a compelling story behind it.

Watching the ‘Bronx Obama,’ the viewer is taken through the progression of man who is told he looks like Barack Obama to inspiring people on Times Square as a near Presidential look alike. This video moves from Louis Ortiz’s apartment to Times Square to a bar where he is seen cheering on the President himself. The progression of this man changes before the viewer’s eyes.

This video uses the power of natural sound and Ortiz’s ability to tell the story on his own without relying on a sit-down interview to have him explain everything. The parts where Ortiz interacts with people at Times Square and the gratitude they express toward him shows the viewers what kind of impact his impersonation is having on the public.

Photo Credit to Ryan Murdock

Riding with the 12 o’clock boys is the story behind a group of young African-American men dirt biking in downtown Baltimore to escape the reality of their situations. This video uses the power of slow-motion to take a fast paced event and slow it down to build tension throughout. It also allows the characters to tell their stories at a pace that goes along with the action in the video.

Photo Credit to Lotfy Nathan

Becky Hammon doesn’t like the title trail blazer. She knows that there were many women before her that created this path. Her hope is to do the same for somebody’s daughter in the future.

This video plays on one key element. The fact that she does all the small things for the San Antonio Spurs. Although it only happens in one location, AT&T Center, it lets her tell the story while building on the fact that she does what is helpful for the team, no matter what it is.

The key for this video, and Hammon, is to allow the little things like passing a ball and talking to the players tell the bigger story that we all contribute and are important to a team. Hammon, unlike most, realizes it.

These examples provide different ways to tell a story. The final project will be difficult, but by using one of these foundations, we can produce a compelling story that has the right style to carry it.

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