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  •  Pretty cool (7+ / 0-)

    A nice start.

    Images: For continuity you might want to modify the color pics by making them greyscale as they disrupt the image flow. One step higher would be to make all of them color – basically make them all RGB but still black and white appearing – not sepia-tone (too trite) but a dark and gritty brown-black and white duotone-look might kick it up.
    I redid one of the Lange shots using PMS 451 and black and then converted it back to RGB. It isn't a lot of color but if all of the images share a color value and contrast level they create a little more harmony.

    Typography: I would go with a sans-serif. Stronger and more harsh than serif fonts. Less decorative and more black and white to support the images.

    Akzidenz-Grotesk is one of my favorite families. It looks a little more hand-worked for a sans-serif than the more refined swiss styles. Any font called grotesque or grotesk will have this hand-worked defect even if the original was completely designed on the computer.

    Gotham is good if you want a cleaner look. It, or a font like it, is more evocative of post-industrialism without being overly eastern-block-workers-party. It was used in the Obama Campaign.

    Music: If possible fade out to eliminate the clapping or edit out the clapping. It is kind-of weird when it is juxtaposed to the overall mood.

    "You know, just because the thing I saw wasn't there doesn't mean there wasn't something there that I didn't see." Ann Althouse, Conservative Thoughtmeister

    by Bill Section 147 on Sun Apr 05, 2009 at 04:08:14 PM PDT

    •  Serifs were a deliberate choice. (8+ / 0-)

      Not necessarily something I'd explain well in words, but I deliberately went for that.  I wanted something Deco-looking.  Something that hinted at an earlier, happier time than the Depression.  That would have read that way then.  I went for the "outdated" slanted serifs for the same reason.

      The color pix were more or less intentional, even if jarring in some places.  I really wanted the red of the molten metal, for example, and even sequenced to increase the red in each one.  The gold leading up to the "gold leaf facial" wouldn't have worked in B&W.  Some of 'em I cranked the saturation way down, like the crowd of workers near the end, which would have been OK to make into B&W, too.  Might have been smart to do that on more of the color pix.  Plus the color tells us that it's more recent, and I wanted that info embedded, too.

      I get your point on the applause, and it would have been easy enough to take out.  But I also like the conceit of "putting hands together" simultaneously on the visual and the audio.  Maybe not super-smart, but that's my thinking.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment.  Greatly appreciated.

      "The river always wins" - Mark Twain

      by Land of Enchantment on Sun Apr 05, 2009 at 04:20:07 PM PDT

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