Motion and Sound Tell the Online Story in New Ways

Doctorian, Sonya
March 2005
Nieman Reports;Spring2005, Vol. 59 Issue 1, p38
This article presents information on the approach used by the author to amplify aspects of the narrative entitled Dividing the Waters, by Todd Hartman, which was published in Rocky Mountain News, into documentary videos. According to the author, after seeing some online videos she did for an independent study project to complete her masters in documentary filmmaking, Carol Hanner, the project editor for the report, suggested she produce a video for their Web site about Rocky Ford. The author states that, because of her role as the project's photo editor, she'd already begun to get a sense of the story and place from photographer Marc Piscotty's images, as they would meet to choose photographs and discuss the story's progress. The author spent two days videotaping in Rocky Ford. For one piece, she rode with the ditch rider who checks the 13-mile Rocky Ford canal twice a day to read water levels and makes sure it's flowing smoothly. Although he was a minor character in Hartman's story, it was a good visual way to show the ditch and its path through the town. The second two-minute video began with a local museum curator giving a brief historical overview, combined with archive photographs and her footage of the town.


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