Monday, August 10, 2009

Video docs on the Web -- obituaries

Budd Schulberg's New York Times obituary on the web was accompanied by a 17 minute life history video comprised of a single interview. Occasionally, the interviewer is heard asking a question, and there's some narration to pull the timeline together. It's a solid example of a flattering autobiographical interview with an older person, because it includes (a) subtitles for the moments when spoken words can't be easily heard, (b) photographs and other visuals to break up the "talking head" interview, and (c) editing out easy-to-cut hesitations and difficulties remembering a name.
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