Friday, June 12, 2009
Your iReports, our tips: #7

When it comes to scoring all-access interviews with celebrities, ChrisMorrow is a star. This week she landed an interview with music duo Hall and Oates and asked them about their guilty pleasures.

 

The stars' candid responses made the video a smashing success – it earned more than 21,000 views on iReport. ChrisMorrow also interviewed a motley crew of other stars, asking them about their embarrassing tastes in music, TV shows and junk food.

 

While ChrisMorrow is a veteran iReporter, she appreciated hearing some feedback. Placing the best material at the beginning of video and editing to isolate the best sound bites would have made for a more powerful, organized package. Hall and Oates’ fame, along with their witty comment about being “very pure people” who don’t Twitter, would have made for an attention-grabbing start.

 

One more tip: Record better quality audio with a microphone. When filming at crowded events, a microphone would cut out the extraneous noises. ChrisMorrow told me that she’s been thinking of purchasing a wireless mic, but her camera isn’t compatible. A newer camera and mic would be an investment for the future.

 

Keep up the great interviews and video work, Chris! See you later with more tips.

13 Comments
June 13, 2009

Chris, you do an excellent job with scoring interviews and editing your stories.  Cameras, mics, lights, and NLE stations can get very expensive.  Plus, sometimes people don’t like a huge camera in their face and being wired up.  I think the guerilla style is working, especially if you are not making a lot of money on your videos.  I understand the tips that CNN tries to give; however, while purchasing a more expensive setup will get you better audio/video, it might not be the best option right now. 

 

Some cameras have a noise attenuation mode that can reduce wind and other background noises.  If your camera does not have this option, some free software such as Audacity might be able to reduce background noise and bring up the audio levels.  It will not be perfect audio but it is a more cost effective option.

 

Keep up the great work Chris!

June 15, 2009
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Some of those guilty pleasures I read-not these men. And I will say it again-no wonder American youth is so unhealthy.

June 17, 2009
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Well done Chris, 5 stars, A+!!!!!!!!

June 27, 2009
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Since my sons were tiny, I grew up with them, singing and dancing to MJ songs, and going to talent shows where my son would demonstrate his best Michael moves!

 

When Thriller hit the airwave, my gosh!!! I recall seeing nothing more incredible, which merely speaks to the talent Michael will leave behind.  This talent, in the many genres he was expert, will continue to provide inspiration to our youths in order that they can keep his music vibrant.

 

My youngest, now 35, still continues to mimic Michael's moves, and has been devasted by this horrific loss!

 

My heart goes out to Michael's family. The same as Elvis, James Brown, and the many fallen icons that came before Michael .... he may be gone, but he will never be forgotten.

 

Love and strength to the Jackson family!

 

Diane

July 5, 2009
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I have never seen such a vulgar act that our media has subjected our children to.The crouch grabbing every few seconds & the wording of his music if listened to would show that he was in my opnion a predgious person & the reaction to him being so great shows just how far the morals of the world have fallen in the media world

July 7, 2009
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I REMEMBER WHEN BEN CAME OUT.ALL I EVER DID WAS WALK AROUND THE HOUSE PLAYING BEN 24/7.AND IT JUST MADE MY FAMILY MAD.BUT DIDNT CARE BECAUSE  I LOVED HIM SO MUCH.SINCE THEN MY HEART HAS LOST A LOVE.JUST TRYING TO MAKE IT DAY BY DAY.MY HEART COES OUT TO HIS FAMILY.GOD BLESS EVERONE/

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