|Reed Opera House - Modern and historic|
On one side is the modern image in color, on the other is an historic photo in black and white.
Right there, that anchors the piece with a sense of place. It takes place in Salem, in Salem only, and not in the interiors or parkland of some generic town hoping for "sizzle."
If you think I mean to draw a strong contrast with "There's Something about Salem," you are right.
The runner - and other people in the video - also move through space at a human pace. The editing is slower and there is an implied geography and relations between places. They show fewer things and let them develop a little more, and the editorial selections seem judicious. The community is actually more palpable here. The video has more heart.
This, honestly, is the "sizzle" video. Or what it should have been more like.
|They love the Capitol|
There's still no Spanish, and it's awfully downtown-centric. But it seems more balanced culturally. Sure, it's still a performed, curated vision of Salem, but from here it reads more authentically. It looks like it may be part of a series, so maybe there is more to come.
What do you think of it? Does it have one or more flaws you really notice?
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