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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The Cane Fire Film Series screens “MaidenTrip” on Monday, March 10, at the AcA.
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The Louisiana Workforce Commission said Friday that initial claims rose to 2,125 from the previous week's total of 1,964. There were 2,887 initial claims during the comparable week in 2013.
The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has stalled action on a $3.5 billion annual school funding formula due to state lawmakers by March 15.
The New Orleans Saints have yet to make it official as of this writing, but popular wide receiver Lance Moore has reportedly been cut by the team to free up salary-cap space on the roster.
While two medical marijuana bills are slated for the upcoming legislative session, what some Louisianans might not know is that the plant was approved for therapeutic use by state lawmakers in 1991.
The agenda is shaping up to be lighter than in previous years. But Jindal is term-limited, with fewer than two years remaining in office, and he saw his last big initiative — a proposed rewrite of Louisiana tax law — collapse without getting a vote in 2013.
Sharper has been held without bail because of an arrest warrant issued by Louisiana authorities accusing him and another man of raping two women.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday, March 07, 2014:
Two Lafayette men have been revealed by police as the infamous duo behind a caper that shook our fair city to its core.
She’s the daughter of the legendary Johnny Cash, but she’s been a gifted artist in her own right for three decades, and she’s coming to Lafayette.
The Lafayette Parish School Board has received a second letter of demand related to last year’s insurance debacle, this time from Key Benefit Administrators claiming it’s owed $93,000 from the school system.
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The Louisiana coastline is vanishing faster than mappers can keep track.
A bill that would have overridden local ordinances prohibiting public and private employers from discriminating against lesbian, gay and transgender people has been pulled within less than a week of being filed.
The panel that selects nominees for a controversial New Orleans area flood control board — a board that is suing more than 90 oil, gas and pipeline companies — is set to discuss legislation affecting its independence.
State prison officials cannot keep secret the seller and manufacturer of the two drugs purchased for executions at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.
State lawmakers will not appeal a judge's ruling that it was improper to use $3.7 million from a probation and parole officers' retirement fund to balance the state's operating budget.
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Conservatives have been losing their minds over this satirical bit on the Colbert Report.
Due to the chaos of Mardi Gras and the weather, the entry deadline for this year's INDesign Awards has been extended by one week.
The Lafayette Parish School Board leaves a lot to be desired, but is scrapping the election process in favor of an appointed board the answer?
Queen Evangline and King Gabriel ruled Tuesday night
The House approved legislation Tuesday night to roll back a recently enacted overhaul of the federal flood insurance program, after homeowners in flood-prone areas complained about sharp premium increases.
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The NFL has formally designated New Orleans' Jimmy Graham as a tight end for the purposes of his franchise tag value, which is now set at $7.05 million next season unless Graham and the Saints subsequently agree on a long-term deal.