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New Vietnam Multimedia Project

Hello all. I just finished a new multimedia project.

When you have some time please have a look and tell me what you think.

Here is the link: http://www.ehrinmacksey.com/vanmon.html


by Ehrin Macksey at 2008-10-02 05:08:40 UTC Hanoi , Vietnam | Bookmark | | Report spam→


first, and most importantly, great pictures. lots of strong images in there. i also thought the zoe keating track worked well with “van mon,” i remember a nyt multimedia piece about china’s coal plants using a piece by her also, the pictures were by chang w. lee i think (sorry, random thought). finally, the production was really tight, and balanced in its use of still images, still image sequences (flip-book style) and video.

and while i liked both pieces, each was missing what the other had. “van mon” was information-laden and “bop” had a personal narrative. i wonder if you have thought about combining the two?

assuming you want to keep them seperate, i thought “van mon” felt a bit rushed, perhaps because the ngo representative was giving so much information. maybe you could break up his audio a bit by pausing on some strong images and cutting out his voice?

as for “bop” there isnt much i would change. powerful stuff.


by David Root | 02 Oct 2008 13:10 | New York, United States | | Report spam→
bump (for ehrin)

by David Root | 03 Oct 2008 02:10 | New York, United States | | Report spam→
Hello David,

Thank you firstly for looking at both pieces and secondly for writing about how you felt. This kind of feed back is really critical for my development of future projects.

I first found out about leprosy in Vietnam around 11 months ago. First, I met a large group of people that made me believe that the people at Van Mon currently live with leprosy and are suffering from it still. They also made me believe that leprosy is spreading like wildfire in the countryside of Vietnam.

After some research and meeting a different group of people, I learned otherwise. Leprosy is under control in Vietnam with only 500 new cases a year and they are all treated and sent back home within 1 – 2 weeks of visiting a hospital.

The reporter in me wanted to set this straight. I wanted to give people a true perspective about these villages and what they need. I felt that BOB, who has worked with them for years, gave that.

I know the piece can feel rushed, but there really is so much more information that I could split the Van Mon Piece into two. I didn’t want to do that because i know how dry reportage can be. It also seemed at the time, that i was hitting a length barrier with the Van Mon piece as well. I was getting over 7 – 8 min in my first edit of the interview. So I decided what was the key information I wanted people to walk away with when they watched Van Mon. Health Care, quality of life and lack of food and money.

I also felt that if I didn’t do the Van Mon piece that people would not really understand the Bop piece. They might think he still lives with leprosy, or want to know how many more people have leprosy. I also feel that people might look at this Multimedia in a reverse direction after watching Bop, they will want to know more and then click on Van Mon.

I’m always trying to keep non-linear storytelling an option.

About your suggestion of combining the 2 stories. I would do that for a movie screening but on the internet people get distracted too easily.

The rule of thumb is keep your multimedia below 6 min unless it is really compelling. So for the internet i cut it into chapters instead on making one long piece.

Again thank you for your review. It truly will help me plan better for my next work.

Best wishes,


by Ehrin Macksey | 03 Oct 2008 03:10 (ed. Oct 4 2008) | Hanoi, Vietnam | | Report spam→
glad i could help. ill keep an eye on your website for future projects.


by David Root | 06 Oct 2008 22:10 | New York, United States | | Report spam→
Hi Ehrin,

Really phenomenal and moving work. I saw your piece on Ly Thi Mu a while back on Relative Exposure.

I don’t believe I can give you any useful criticism as I’m still getting to know multimedia.

Just wondering what video equipment you’re using.

by Wayne Huang | 24 Oct 2008 00:10 | Los Angeles, United States | | Report spam→
Hey Wayne,

Thanks for looking at my work. As for your question about video. I’m using a HV20 with a wide angle adapter and rode video mic. For Grading of the film i use Looks, an extra component for Final Cut Pro.


by Ehrin Macksey | 24 Oct 2008 08:10 | Hanoi, Vietnam | | Report spam→

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