Robots Deliver Food Now? – Video Story

With so many videos on the Internet, it is difficult for some viewers to find actual news stories on Facebook. However, with BuzzFeed News’ ability to captivate their audience through their videos, it comes as no surprise that when needing to write about a non-broadcast video story from a news site, one would go to BuzzFeed News.

One of their more recent videos, titled This Robot is ACTUALLY Delivering Food in California, has received over 143k views in less than 24 hours since its upload.

 

How come a video like this has received so many views? For starters, the topic is quite intriguing considering the idea of robots delivering food seems impossible, but the way BuzzFeed News puts together the video enables the viewer to stay and watch the entire two minutes and 17 seconds.

The first shot, a man sitting on a bench as a robot rolls down the sidewalk followed by the man trying to steal the robot, but failing to do so. The video then cuts to the man saying “Robot – 1 Human – 0” which leads the viewer to think: Well, what’s going to happen next? BuzzFeed News then provides more information through text on the screen as the viewer watches a variety of shots of the robot rolling around Los Angeles, enabling the viewer to visualize how the robot would actually work. The interview with the associate of Starship Technologies also adds an intriguing perspective to the video because the viewer can learn about the brains behind this concept. Plus, they keep the story upbeat and fun with the techno music that plays in the background.

Through the use of text as well as a variety of up close, medium and over-the-shoulder shots, BuzzFeed News provides the audience an insight as to how cool it would be to have robots delivering our food. Now, where do I sign up?

 

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California Hates the Rain? Oh Yes. – Photo Critique

California rarely gets rain, like ever. However, just recently southern California faced a harsh rainstorm, leaving many to face devastation, which can be seen in NBC News’ slideshow, Powerful California Storms Leave Thousands Without Power.

In just 13 photos, the various photographers were able to perfectly encompass the emotions of the individuals as well as the degree of devastation that was occurring. Almost all of the photos followed the “Rule of Thirds” guideline, which created white space, enabling the reader to see the aftermath of the rainstorm, rather than solely focusing on the people in the photos. For the most part, the slideshow consisted of wide and medium shots that allow the reader to focus on an individual, yet see the environment surrounding the subject, which is important when a story is on the weather.

The pacing of the slideshow gets progressively worse in regards to the degree of destruction. For instance, the photo story begins with a man in the rain, but by the 4th image, we see a woman getting saved by firefighters, followed by a tree crushing a car in the 10th image. Also, the first four photos are people-heavy, where the main subject of the photo is an individual and you’re looking at their reactions. Yet, the next nine photos place a greater emphasis on the devastation, such as the firetruck and tractor that fell over the freeway in the 8th and 12th photos.

In addition, the first image—a man standing in strong rainfall on the Huntington Beach pier—encompasses the great strength of the storm, which sets up the reader for what is coming. The last image, a man walking his dog on the beach, was chosen because you can see the storm passing and sunshine peeking out, which closes the story because after rainfall comes sunshine.

Overall, the captions are very generic and strictly give information of who/what/when/where as well as facts of the rainstorm that could relate to the photo, which works since the reader wants to know what is going on, but it would’ve been better if they got a quote from some of the people to really grasp the reactions of the citizens.

However, none of the photos have unusual angles or are graphically-striking because the intention of the slideshow is to display the destruction from the rainstorm so the storyteller would want to get all of the information out there rather than have really artistic photos of the event.

 

For a story like the one of a great rainstorm occurring in Southern California, the storyteller did an incredible job demonstrating all that was needed to know and no better way than through photography.

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