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April 30, 2014 by aderenczau

How many of you think that you could sit in a control room, put together a newscast and make decisions that can make or break that newscast?

Many think that they are up to this task, but would crack under the pressure.

Not many are up to this task, but lucky for me, I happen to know someone who can handle this type of pressure.

Her name is Amanda Foster and she is the News Director at Eagle Eye TV.

I have seen what she does on a first-hand account and I can say that is tough. There have been times where I have been anchoring and I’ve seen her have to juggle many different things, but like a great news director, she doesn’t let them get in her way.

Not many people get to see what a news director does. I wanted to change that.

I wanted to illustrate how many pieces go into making a successful newscast. Many don’t give journalists the credit that they deserve. Some say that our jobs are so simple. Well, I would love to throw them into Amanda’s job and see how they fared.

That was my main reason for doing this project. I wanted to demonstrate how difficult doing the news is and how vital it is to our lives.

You can think of this as a bookend.

With every project, there were difficulties. I don’t think that I have had a project that goes smoothly without any hitches.

This was no different.

My problem came in the form of filming.

My space was limited in the studio and it was difficult to film Amanda without interrupting her during the newscast. One mistake could ruin the newscast.

The way I maneuvered around it was to shoot what I could, but used my editing to my advantage. I tried to find ways to make action out of ordinary things that had little action. That really livened up the clips.

Another problem that I had was the fact I couldn’t voice-over.

That’s the journalist in me, I love being able to lay track.

When it came to editing, that is where I had to use my judgmental eyes to make some tough choices. If it were up to me, I would use all of the footage that I got, but that is not possible. There were so many clips that included good soundbites that I wanted to use, but was unable to use being that they didn’t fit the mold of the project or they were used in some shape or fashion.

After I made the “final cuts” to the project, I thought to myself of how I could make the project better. It occurred to me that if I were to do another video project, I would decide to shoot a topic that would allow me to capture more action.

Possibly, film an Eagle Eye reporter going out to cover a story. That would provide good action and I would be out of the way.

I am not saying that this was a terrible thing to shoot, but a setting where I don’t have to worry about interruption is a key.

Without further ado, here is the final product.

After filming, I decided to look for some examples of others doing work like I did with this story, and here is what I came up with:

I know that this includes sound, but this would be an ideal project.


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