High schoolers proved Nik Wallenda’s calculations wrong

Nik Wallenda, a seventh generation member of the famous Flying Wallendas family, recently walked a tightrope in Chicago. Students at Hinsdale South High School in Chicago decided to take on the math problem of the degree that his walk would be at. The Chicago Tribune did a video of the class explaining their take on the walking degree. 

The video is definitely short and to the point. It’s only two minutes. This story was easily told in video because you can see the class, their teacher and their calculations on the whiteboard. It’s easier than explaining it through just words.

Not every video needs to have a clear narrative. This was just one part of a bigger story. This small portion was the class’s perspective on the man’s overall tightrope walk. The beginning was how she came up with the idea to take on the real world math problem, then solving it and explaining how they got to the answer.

We see the class first and the teacher and we hear her explaining that she told her class she was going to call The Chicago Tribune. I thought it was a cute way to draw in the students. It got me interested because it’s not every day that teachers call their local paper over a math problem.

The story is told by the teacher and her students working on the problem. There aren’t any title slides, graphics or anything in the story, but I still think it works. There’s definitely a good array of shots. There’s b-roll of the students working and the teacher talking. There is nat sound, but it’s just background noise of a classroom. I guess it’s more of the setting, but you don’t really notice it.

The people in the story are identified through a cutline below the video. It’s something that’s consistent through a lot of papers. The transitions are good, but a little clunky at points. I’m glad they don’t do those stupid fades or Star Wars swipes. Those are awful and outdated. The pacing was good because it kept you moving through the story fairly quickly. You got the whole story without a bunch of fluff.

I did like the video because it was a no-bullshit video. Something simple and quick is all you really need. You have three minutes really to capture your audience and keep them. They did just that.  I would have added in lower thirds to identify the people like the teacher, but that’s really it. Maybe faded out at the end, too, but otherwise, I liked this video.


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