Last week I attended a training session about shooting news videos with the iPhone. I was told to keep videos short, clean and efficient and to lead with the most interesting content. But I began to wonder: If rules are meant to be broken, can nontraditional news videos work, too?
Take, for example, this video from the Guardian about China’s 2009 national day parade, which alternates gorgeous timelapse and slow-motion shots. It’s over 3 minutes long, there’s no narration, and there’s no reporter doing a standup. Viewers are left to make their own interpretations about the content — and, of course, there’s also a full article for anyone who wants more information.
Compare that to this traditional news/history report on the 1984 national day parade:
This second video is more efficient and provides much more information about the parade, but I think the Guardian’s video should also be considered a form of news reporting. Now that all media outlets are adding video to their websites (the New York Times is doing it especially well), maybe it’s time to experiment with new types of online video reporting beyond what you would expect to see on the nightly TV news. What do you think of these two videos?