Eric Seals Visual Journeys

After seeing his father murdered at age 9 and his mother in and out of jail, Marcus Buggs could have been a statistic; another African-American young man from a poor and broken home.
Eric met Marcus in the final year of high school as he struggled to stay in school and watch over his younger siblings while working towards the dream of being the first in his family to attend college. The odds were stacked against him. For many high-risk students, college can be sink or swim. The Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education has found that just 16% of students with family incomes under $30,000 graduate in six years.
Eric delved deep into Marcus’ life to reveal a young man forced to grow up too fast. In Eric’s video stories, we learned about a young man who wanted to succeed, but was afraid of the unknown. We learned about a young man who was angry with his mother for her mistakes, but still wanted her approval. We learned about a young man who felt the obligation to his siblings, but wanted a future beyond being their surrogate parent.
The candid interviews and deeply honest exchanges between Marcus and Ben, his high school principal and mentor, are riveting. Detroit Free Press readers thought so too. Numerous emails, calls and letters of support came in for Marcus including $1,500 for books and supplies.
After years of hardship and jumping over all the hurdles placed in front of him, Marcus made it to college in the fall of 2012 at Western Michigan University. Eric took viewers there as Marcus moved in, went to his classes and the transition of being in college with it being yet another small but important step in his life’s plan of success and making a better life for he and his siblings.

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Video storytelling can be powerful when done with a good story, striking visuals & good editing. It takes viewers on a visual ride they'll enjoy & walk away with something from after watching it.

I'm a photo & video journalist for the Detroit Free


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Video storytelling can be powerful when done with a good story, striking visuals & good editing. It takes viewers on a visual ride they'll enjoy & walk away with something from after watching it.

I'm a photo & video journalist for the Detroit Free Press which over the past few years has become a place known for great video storytelling from talented video journalists with 17 Michigan Emmy Awards, an industry leading 4 National Emmy Awards for online video & recently a prestigious Webby Award for best online sports video of Courtney Hawkins.

In May of 2008 I started shooting video features for the paper, three months later I headed to the Summer Olympic games in Beijing where covering the games also allowed me to do several video features about life in Beijing.

It's a huge learning curve for me but I'm discovering that telling stories with video is fun, challenging & something to keep me growing at & getting better.

Eric

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  • Twolight Films

    This is a cool video. I too went through the same thing with my son this past year, it was hard!

    by Twolight Films

  • alexis wanneroy

    My son 10 month...
    A little video shot with 5d mark II.
    vimeo.com/13937637

    by alexis wanneroy

  • DCJ

    Nice altitude Eric! A couple freshly charged Anti-Fog Inserts in the housing should eliminate any fogging potential on future flights. Looking forward to the next video!

    by DCJ

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