Question No. 20: “Seriously?”

Ira Question Written by Nathan Mattise

This weekend we have a project for my web journalism class that’s largely based on sequencing (basically the idea of storyboarding out your video, but applied to documentary/journalistic video).

The issue with storyboarding out something journalistic is that you don’t have creative control over pure documenting.  This leads to the lure of staging shots in order to complete your ideal vision.

It’s not the most ethical practice, but in the commentary for “Reality Check” episode from season one of TAL TV,  Ira Glass admits the crew uses fishing wire to lead the bull around the yard to complete the background aesthetic.

For real?

What are your thoughts on staging visuals to complete your stories? Is that one of the reasons you opted to stop doing the TV show?

Links: Mastering Multimedia | YouTube

E-mail us if you have a question for Ira Glass to discuss or if you have insight on this one.

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