Web Video Critique

Erik Olsen takes video journalism to new heights in his New York Times video op-ed on “Trampoline’s New Frontier”. The video depicts the budding sport of “wall trampolining” as it is developed at the Quebec Circus School, known for continually sending students to the internationally famed “Cirque du Soleil”. Olsen employs a multitude of different shots to highlight the styles, tricks, and leaps performed. Including tight shots of shoes jumping out of the frame, repeated views of landings from under the trampoline, and even a short clip filmed on a “Go-Pro” style camera, Olsen exemplifies the action and excitement of the sport through videography.

Profiling professional trampolinist, Julien Roberge, the video features interviews with him, several other wall-trampolinists, and Yves Neveu, Circus School director. The video also introduces the audience to the initial rules and scoring process of the sport. Still enjoying the effects of his internet celebrity, Roberge demonstrated some of his tricks from  his 10 Trick Wall Routine on YouTube in the video. In conclusion, Olsen mirrors the excitement and intensity of the gymnastics/parkour sport with new shots and angles to create an enjoyable and captivating web video.

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