New York Times: ‘The Last Reel’

The New York Times’s video ‘The Last Reel,’ by Steven Bognar, tells the story of digital projections pushing out 35-millimeter projectors, in movie theaters.

The video uses the nat sound of a projector running throughout the video. This adds a sense of entertainment and familiarity to the content of the video. What I found interesting was the natural pauses Bognar left in his interviews. It added a sense of drama and urgency.

The b-roll he used worked well. Although, watching images of projectors and film reals over and over again could have become boring, Bognar kept the viewer invested. He played with the use of light from the projection and used pans to establish the scene, which helped keep the viewer’s attention.

For a seven minute video, it kept me entertained and wanting to know more.

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