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.

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4 responses

11 10 2011
Stefanie Ann

Really powerful video!

13 10 2011
Jordan Oster

The information in your blog explains the purpose of the video well.

16 10 2011
Heather Henry

Great video to choice and information relating to it.

18 10 2011
kylecmu

Good job on analyzing all the different aspects of the slideshow!

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