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Chronic Bro

First project assignment for CMS.335, documenting the man, the myth, the legend; Mr. Bobby Weber.

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I really liked the editing in this video. Everything was very smooth. I liked the incorporation of animations and clips as the bro was describing what he does on an average day, for example catching Frisbee, going to the gym and so on. I think that getting videos of him doing those actual things, as opposed to other people would be a nice touch, but I understand there are time constraints and that may not have been possible. The melodramatic narrator and the medical patient theme was also very funny.
One thing I liked throughout the mockumentary was that everything that happened was very believable, until you got to the interview with his roommate and Archit. Some of the things Archit said didn’t seem to make sense, but as you said you had to cut out some things for appropriateness so I am guessing that is why.

Posted over 2 years by mpd91@mit.edu

What I really enjoyed about this video was the choice of music and narration through out the film. I really enjoyed the interviews with the friends, it gave the mockumentary and the subject more insight into the chronic bro persona.
The only things I would have liked to see the fized jump cut in the middle and just have Bobby in more of the clips. Other than that, this was probably my favorite video.

Posted over 2 years by andreagu

I think the narrative was developed well. All of the shots that were included were well timed. There weren’t any obvious jump clips or awkward moments because of the fluidity of the editing. I also thought the narrative that he gave really contributed to the video. The time lapse footage was also really interesting.

One of things that I thought could definitely have been better is the narration. It pushed it from being funny to a little over the top. Additionally, there didn’t seem to e much variety in footage. You got an interview with the bro, and an incoherent interview from the roommate/ visitor. There wasn’t much footage of the bro in his natural environment. That might have made it a bit more interesting and contributed to the story line.

Posted over 2 years by jhaskins@mit.edu

Your documentary’s strongpoint was engagement.  The pacing and timing was perfect for a comedy “documentary,” and the laughs were plentiful.  I enjoyed your creativity and the fact that you portrayed the main character’s “bro-ness” as a sickness; it added to the humour.  The over exaggeration  of the sickness made this seem like an Onion News Network video, except far less serious.  The time lapse scene was very cool-looking, but that leads to my suggestions. 
The time-lapse scene, along with the early scenes, seemed out of place compared with the handheld, eye-level, generic camera shots that all the interviews were composed of.  I wish you would have shown more of the bro in his native habitat. It seemed like a lot of interview, coupled with a few animations and some other scenes. The timing was good, but the editing was a little choppy, but perhaps that added to the humour…  

Posted over 2 years by sguitron@mit.edu

Lots of variety in editing techniques, visuals, audio, and style added to the complexity of the piece. The style didn’t follow any specific rules. For example, the narrator begins by just describing Bobby when he is silent or not in the scene. But, suddenly the narrator changes roles and becomes an interviewer asking questions.

One stylistic choice that I enjoyed was how the narrator often jumped into the current shot and disrupted the characters speaking or doing something as if mocking them and their whole lifestyle. In other words, the narrator had complete control over visuals and audio, giving a sense that the characters were too stupid to be given any power and were easily being played with. One example was when the narrator cuts in middle of Bobby speaking near the beginning and talks over a shot of Bobby still speaking without us hearing him.

One criticism I had was that sometimes Bobby was shot in same position speaking continuously for too long to be interesting. Particularly when he was talking about his weekend schedule, his talk became a bit boring as compared to the diversity of the previous parts of the video that added fun to the video. The audio in this section was also not pleasing because the whole time we were hearing only Bobby speaking, but suddenly when the shot of the club came in, the sound of the club blasted through. This caused an inconsistency in audio pattern. Maybe if the other cartoons and clips in between Bobby’s talk were included with their own audio, that would result in both uniformity of pattern and also variety to the audio during that section. For example, the pouring drink clip could definitely have its own sound, same with the other clips.

I loved the sarcastic transition to the ending with romantic music coming in as Bobby was concluding his thoughts about his life. However, I thought the introduction of the music there was too abrupt. The mood changed too abruptly. But, the ending about “hoes” was an excellent summing up.

Overall, showing Bobby doing what he talks about would be a good idea to make the long talks less boring and add to the audience seeing his character in addition to hearing it.

Posted over 2 years by sahar_h@mit.edu

I really enjoyed the dramatic intro. Your hype and elongated speech drew me into the story and kept the tension high. I loved the fast city sequence shots throughout the morning and day, this added a aesthetic completeness to the whole video. I loved the many different shots – you didn’t leave us still for one moment. Even all the setting shots had elements constantly moving. This kept up the energy and the rhythm going throughout. You had a pretty clear narrative with sensable beginning, middle, and end that made the bro-syndrome more than a boring laundry list.

The transition between the narrator’s intro and the appearance of Bobby is kind of harsh. Like I mentioned in class, the energy level really falls and the poor-quality-jumpy shots contrast sharply with the professional smooth crisp shots in the beginning. The scene cuts pace also speeds up too sharply without adding more tension and energy to the narrative. The transition scene into when Bobby says “why the hell would I…” transitioned between beats of the background rhythm and threw me off of the narrative temporarily. There was this inconsistent high-pitched emotional outburst in this scene unlike the super-macho “got-it-under-control” vibe I got from the rest of the video.

All in all it was hilarious and I’m sure you would’ve gotten more varied shots of Bobby had you more time.

Posted over 2 years by ray_li@mit.edu

I’m still laughing over this. Really well done! The first thing that came to mind after watching this mockumentary was, “Wow, that was Bobby.” Having known him personally, I think this video, albiet fiction, does well to represent the comical, joking character and personality of Bobby. The fictional plot line just takes it to the next level. The other thing that came to mind as I was watching it was the choice of music. I thought you did a very good job of picking the right kind of music to fit this story line. It went well with the quick and short comments from Bobby: that kind of jump-cut style.

Your shots were well edited and combined together. I thought you did a very good job of fading audio in and out and keep the relative levels even during various aspects of the film. It was very effective how you muted the persons voice when they started speaking and then faded in their voice at the moment in which their speech was relevant to the film. The narration went well with the interviews.

The only big issue I had was the roommates. I don’t think they did near as good of job acting as Bobby did. It definitely felt like they were trying very hard to keep a straight face, whereas Bobby was very convincing.

Great job with style and humor!

Posted over 2 years by znelson@mit.edu

Overall the piece was extremely effective and kept the audience’s attention the entire time. The various shots you chose to illustrate Bobby’s personality quirks were varied and interesting. You did a great job of interspersing these with clips of his interview. The character development was done really well, through his mundane description of his cargo shorts, popped collars, trips to the gym, and frequent drinking. The combination of speech and imagery made everything very concrete and humorous.

Stylistically, you might consider toning down some of the ridiculousness to make it slightly more believable. As you mentioned, it would be nice to have actual shots of Bobby being a bro. The narrator’s voice tended to highlight the fictional aspect of the piece, but if the narration was delivered in a more deadpan manner, it might have been more convincing. On the other hand, the mix of seriousness and exaggeration is really a stylistic matter.

Way to break the mold and inject your own style into this assignment!

Posted over 2 years by ndou@mit.edu

I really enjoyed the humor of this piece. I especially loved the side interviews with his roommate and friends talking about how hopeless he was. I thought you did a very good job of audio throughout — if you closed your eyes and watched this it would still have its flow. Bobby’s character was very well done and it was highly amusing to watch. I also enjoyed the lack of images showing him actually doing anything — I thought the lack was somewhat self-mocking and indicative that the “bro” lifestyle was more talk than anything.

One thing I didn’t enjoy was the melodrama in the voice of the narrator. The narrator let me know straight off the bat that this piece was comedic in nature, even though the characters within it appeared to be taking the syndrome seriously. I think that a more serious tone would have made it, in some way, funnier.

Posted over 2 years by vsun@mit.edu

I’m not sure how the fact that know Bobby affects my critiques, so take the things I say with a grain of salt.

This perfectly captures Bobby as a character, and it was exciting to watch as an audience member. The majority of the transitions were smooth, and there was enough contrast between interview footage and other images/footage worked well. The choice to use a mockumentary to highlight Bobby’s profile was a good choice. And I enjoyed the narrator’s voice; it had the right amount of melodrama for the piece in my opinion.

Ways to improve this piece: consider catching more of the subject in his natural environment. Maybe play up the idea of C.B.S. as a medical condition. Is it contagious? Do his friends have it? I’d like to see different friends in the video, as the two pictured are a little stiff. Otherwise, fantastic profile!

Posted over 2 years by rdrich@mit.edu

I really enjoyed the video. It was entertaining and had a unique and useful style. The serious tone over the clearly ridiculous subject matter was executed well. I think the editing worked well most of the time.
I would have liked more interviews with other people. I also would have liked more into the medical tone of the video and gone deeper into what you could do with that.

Posted over 2 years by austing@mit.edu

Can’t believe I didn’t comment on this one. Must have just said everything in class. But great piece. I’m a huge fan of mockumentaries. I think you pieced it together well. Some parts, however, are a tad slow. Although Bobby is the subject, it’s almost too much Bobby. Sometimes you need a little more relief from the subject matter (primarily visually). Other than that, I throughly enjoyed the piece.

Posted over 2 years by rlwood@mit.edu

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