Heart Attack Grill

24 10 2011

This story is about a new restaurant that has opened in Las Vegas. It is ironic that this restaurant has opened in “Sin City”. The restaurant is called ““Heart Attack Grill” and the story was about how the restaurant is out of the ordinary. The restaurant  makes fries in lard ,does not serve diet soda, and even has a  triple butter fat shake.

This story is being told by a voice-over narrator. The narrator even sits and has a talk with the owner of the restaurant to get his point of view as well.This could have been done more efficiently,the narrator had to be the one speaking all the time. He could have just as easily let the workers or customers speak about the “Heart Attack Grill”.

This story was extremely to the point. I think it was very clear on what the restaurant’s idea was. It was helpful that there was an anchor in the beginning of the broadcast to describe what the story was going to be about (because there is no text to help supplement the story). Also, this story was character-driven. This because this restaurant has character in itself. People will want to visit because this restaurant is an experience.

I don’t believe that this story has a clear beginning, middle or end. I believe that this is just for informational purposes and talks about the restaurant from all perspectives. Nevertheless, the story was straight and to the point.

Even though there is an anchor speaking first, the first visual is of the actual diner. I think this is a great choice because I am sure that the restaurant can get lost in the 1,000’s of different restaurants/bars/ casinos in Las Vegas. This gives the views a clear view of what the restaurant looks like.  The first sound that the viewers hear is the natural sound of Las Vegas night life. This is great as well because it keeps the viewers interested and makes them think this is in the heart of Las Vegas!

There are many different types of shots in this video to keep the viewer interested.  I do not believe that there is a sequence being used. However, I did notice that whenever there is food, there will be  a close-up of the food.This is an interesting video because there is a lot of action in this video. There is a variety of shots to keep the visual appeal (class 10/20).

Also,  there are many people in this video. However, even some of the important people are not identified.  The owner is only mentioned in the video. But when the him and the narrator are speaking, neither have identification. Nevertheless, when someone from the University of Nevada speaks, her information is on the lower half of the screen.

The pacing was perfect for this video. This is a restaurant in Las Vegas and want you to indulge in gluttony. The video needs to be a bit faster paced than other videos, which is what the viewer experiences.

Overall, I think that this video worked very well to inform its audience. I think that people who watched this video, now know what the “ Heart Attack Grill” is, where it is located, and what is served. And most importantly, if you weigh over 350 pounds, you eat free!

However, if this were my video I would have done a few things differently.  I would have made sure that there was text associated with the video.It is important to let your viewers know what your getting them into before they start watching your video. Also, it is important to tell your viewers who is speaking ( maybe even more than once).  I would have had names of important people on the screen. Finally, I would have let the customers speak more than the narrator. Its important to get their side as well.


Valley of Death

11 10 2011

The slideshow that I found to be most interesting was about the Haiti earthquake, called The Valley of Death. This story is a clear story with a distinct beginning, middle and end.

The beginning is about digging the graves of many citizens, the middle is putting the bodies into caskets and laying them to rest, and finally the end is about a pastor putting the bodies to peace.  This story is generally about how the members of society have dealt with the passing of so many of their friends, family members and loved ones.

The first shot is men digging a mass grave. This is a very powerful shot. This sets the stage for the whole slideshow. The viewer may not know how real this tragedy may be until they see these men digging the mass grave. Then it becomes very real.

The last shot was more thought provoking. I had to ask myself why the author would want to make this the last scene of the slide show.  The last scene was of a pastor holding his head low.  This could show: sadness, disbelief,  or shame. Taking a step back and looking at the frame made the shot extreme.

All together, I believe that these photos were extremely shocking. As I had learned in class (on 10/11), photos are able to make an impact. These photos truly made an impact on me. I would have never known mass graves existed outside of  war without these photos. In addition, I also learned that photos are able to communicate emotion. These photos communicated sadness and tragedy.

The photos had a variety of shots. Some including: close-ups, medium shots and photos from different angles.  These photos added to the slide show. One of the close ups was a toe tag that was labeled “745”!.  745 people were buried. Just this one picture, puts the entire slideshow into perspective.

Not only did the slideshow have great use of photos, but there was also great use of audio. There was natural sound that included: talking, digging, music playing, singing, praying, and zipping up of body bags.  Also, there is the pastor speaking and giving his prayer. Each of these works every well in the slideshow. We can assume that the singing and music playing is part of the prayer and is part of the process of putting the bodies to rest.

Throughout the whole video there was only one caption in the beginning.  The caption helps lay the groundwork for people who may not understand the severity of the event.  I thought that the caption was extremely helpful. I think that if there had been more captions it would have taken away from the importance of the slideshow.However, the one they have used works very well.

Everything in this slideshow works every well together. The natural sound helps the viewer envision as if they were there, the caption helps the viewer grasp the severity of the event and the photos really capture the essence of everything that has been taken from these people.

I enjoyed this slideshow and thought it was very powerful. However, I may change the loudness of some the natural noise. Some noise was just men talking and it was a bit distracting. But overall, I really enjoyed this slideshow and even viewed others on the Haiti earthquake.