Sunday, July 10, 2005
(2005, Horror) The Live Shot isn't the only thing that gets killed in this gore-fest about a Nashville news crew's encounter with a growing scrum of auto-focus brain-eaters. Connie Stevens and Flava Flav co-star. **1/2
Okay, it's not a late night horror flick, but it is a nightmare scenario for most photogs. Curious viewers with prosumer gear stop by live trucks all the time, usually when you're busy editing, setting-up and cursing. Let's face it - minutes from AIR and way behind sucks no matter where you park the live truck; add a cross-eyed troop leader with a Sony of his owny and you got trouble, Mister.
Instead of a slasher movie still, this shocking scene is photographic evidence of an even more alarming occurrence: Broadcasters and bloggers sharing ideas, stating views and trading tips. Say what you will about WKRN's other endeavors, any station that opens the doors other emerging media has my respect. Via Terry Heaton, we learn the Nashville station recently held their first ever video training session for area bloggers. Twenty local push-button publishers signed up for the event, which included classroom and field work.
Cool, this breakdown of barrier between town-crier and passersby intrigues me greatly. Many in the camera community shriek at the loss of lenscraft inevitable in this transfer of tools to amateur hands. They have a point, but that ship has sailed. It left port around the time tiny lenses hit the markets, which makes all those dusty old Betamax and VHS Cameras pioneering vessels in a shifting seascape, stalwart galleons tossed about in The Age of Convergence...
But I digress, as usual. Far more tangible than my overblown anecdotes are the rapid changes taking place in the real world media landscape. This latest twist in the process is one with real merit. They even have a cool t-shirt.