Loyal reader Ted Langdell (who runs Creative Broadcast Services, a production company in Marysville) was watching the Channel 3 news today and ... well, let's let Ted tell his story.
"You can't see the fire! This is typical of most television stations I've watched in the last several years. Graphics cover up the bottom third of the picture...and often OBSCURE the very thing that viewers want to see...and that the station is
spending sometimes TONS of MONEY to get.
"The graphic remained across the screen the whole time...and the shot
was not adjusted in such a way that the head of the fire was visible.
One would think that a director or show producer would tell the camera
operator to tilt down so that the head of the fire would be visible
above the top of the graphic.
It seems to be REALLY common in helicopter shots (think back to recent
"storm coverage"), but is also a problem with ground-based stories.
The graphics USED to be faded or wiped up long enough to see the info
and get the point, then wiped or faded off so everyone can see.This is kind of like the visual equivalent of talking on the cell phone during a movie."