Relevance: School project, multiple interviews, use of archival
footage and still photos, 7:29 min.
The High School of World Cultures' video press kit was created,
directed and edited by Willian Aleman at the solitude of Dr. Ramon
Namnum, Principal of the school. The video was created to accompany a grant.
The video was shot and edited from the point of view of the
principal, teachers, students and parents, using a 45-degree
objective camera angle to suggest persuasion instead of delivering
a direct statement. Aleman avoided a center camera angle, which, in the
grammar of cinematography, is reserved for a news style.
The interview and editing style chosen by Aleman enables the use of
crosscut editing utilizing footage of interviewees, archival footage
and still pictures. This style creates a dynamic, climactic arc
toward the end of the video. Expert use of the crosscutting approach
makes a video interesting because it avoids the "talking head" by
using interviewees' voices while showing supportive b-roll material.
Aleman strongly believes in the adage that this media is about "show
me, don't tell me."
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