A little shout-out to The Independent Weekly. We’re all up in the 21st century, y’all. I’m not talking journalism. Ours is top rate, if you ask me, and keeps us busier than a one-legged man at an ass-kicking contest.
I’m referring to the video documentaries we’ve been posting on theind.com for the last few weeks. Newspapers have been doing them for several years to wildly varying degrees of success, and it’s too early to gauge our own success. Crawl now, walk later. But we’re getting better. By we I mean me, mostly.
Mary Tutwiler dipped a toe in the pool last week and went to Begneaud Manufacturing where they’re building and welding together a 16-foot tall Blue Dog sculpture. Artist George Rodrigue was there to check on the progress, so Mary showed up with the digital camera and high aspirations that would, upon review, evaporate like dew on a summer lawn.
Mary is an adept still photographer, and in her photographer’s mind the scenes at Begneaud Manufacturing called for vertical shots. Mary left Begneaud with a camera filled with sideways footage, and with an introductory lesson in Video 101: The video camera must be horizontal. See Mary’s Blue Dog documentary below. Your chiropractor will thank you for it.
You might assume that making a video would be a cinch for me. But in the six and a half years I worked in television as a news producer I didn’t edit any video. Not a frame. The equipment at TV stations is infinitely more complicated and intimidating: many bells, myriad whistles and a jet-like whirring sound. I didn’t want to wreck the Ferrari, so I just didn’t drive it. But the video documentaries we’ve begun producing here are more like Pawpaw’s Buick: no stick shift, no overdrive, just a V-6 with an automatic transmission, power steering, and that faint, creepily comforting old person smell.
If your wonderment that I’m going on and on about this hasn’t yet retarded your curiosity, you may be asking yourself, “Why video?” The short answer is, “Because we can and it’s fun.” The longer, more nuanced response involves multiple media platforms, Web traffic, engaging the reader, supplementing our coverage, and, I’ll admit, generating revenue. I’m not sure how that last aspect works; that’s for the brain trust in the advertising department. Wait, I think I just figured it out: Also this week at theind.com, watch a short documentary on artist Cody Bush, subject of this week’s LivingIND cover story, and then send us money.
And in the meantime, bear with us, watch our videos and send in suggestions both for how we can get better, and what you’d like to see us cover. We certainly don’t presume to compete with TV stations when it comes to video. They’re professionals. We’re amateurs. Kind of like Olympic athletes, only slower and not as strong.
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Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration will use $130 million in patchwork financing from a tax amnesty program, insurance settlement, uninsured motorist penalties and other excess funds to close most of the state's midyear budget deficit.
Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu said she disagrees with President Barack Obama's actions on immigration, hoping the latest controversy doesn't worsen her campaign difficulties.
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Gay-rights advocates challenging Louisiana's same-sex marriage ban announced Thursday that they have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review their case before it is heard by a federal appeals court.
Thursday’s explosion aboard an oil production platform in the Gulf of Mexico is now under investigation by the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement.
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Thinking himself the “son of God,” the man charged with the 2013 killing of an officer of the Chitimacha Tribal Police will not stand trial following a ruling Thursday on his mental competency.
Four hours after inviting supporters to a rally with Sen. Marco Rubio, Bill Cassidy claimed that Mary Landrieu “voted against stopping executive amnesty.”
Either Saints coach Sean Payton doesn't want to tip Baltimore off as to who'll start in New Orleans' secondary on Monday night, or he really doesn't know yet.
Money from the first and only settlement so far in a Louisiana flood board's lawsuit against dozens of energy companies will be placed in a special account dedicated to coastal restoration.
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The Ethics Board gives the lame duck Youngsville mayor permission to offer a sweet parting gift to the community he’s presided over for three terms.
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The money came through a general obligation bond sale Thursday.
A legend in the Acadiana Oil Patch, Comeaux died Monday, Nov. 17.
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With a growing number of alleged sexual assault victims coming out against Bill Cosby in recent weeks, upcoming projects have been canned by NBC and Netflix, but that won’t affect the once-loved comedian and actor’s scheduled performance in Lafayette.
The Baltimore Ravens' retooled secondary had no trouble against a rookie quarterback at home. This week, however, their task is far more challenging: stopping Drew Brees on the road in New Orleans.
Add Texas Gov. Rick Perry's name to the list of possible Republican presidential candidates flooding the campaign trail for GOP Senate candidate Bill Cassidy.
Gov. Bobby Jindal is in Florida this week with his fellow Republican governors for another gripe session aimed at their favorite target, the president, this time taking aim at his immigration plans.
Early voting for the runoff is shortened by two days because of the Thanksgiving holiday.
“Coach Don” Gagnard is running for school board. Today he offers his critique of the socioeconomic relationship between government subsidies and obesity.
BP is heading to a federal appeals court in its effort to oust the administrator of damage settlement claims arising from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
Former Le Rosier chef who cooked at the James Beard House and was named one of the “Best New Chefs in America” by Food & Wine magazine in 1995 was 48.
It was only a few months ago when the LPSB held the school system’s purse strings with a death grip, but oh how board President Hunter Beasley's demeanor seems to be changing with the ouster of Superintendent Pat Cooper.
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