Video Critique – Lone Star Nurse

The New Yorker’s video Lone Star Nurse was a successful video based on it’s ability to deliver content, emotional shot sequences, and a variety of important information. The video had specific times where they would introduce the audience to captioning of information that was not either wise said or shown to us.


I believe that the way the video was sequenced ended up making for a emotional appeal on to the viewers. It demonstrated what it needed to in a chronological fashion by showing us this nurse’s general work routine and added scenes where this nurse is affected by her routine somedays more than others. The edits were done well also. You could hardly notice the clever transitions in scenes unless you were specially looking for it. There was generally a new face each time the video transitioned but only because, they added in shots of captions or scenery shots of the nurse traveling from one destination to the next which was very interesting and clever! It reminded me of MTV’s shows’ Catfish and Teen Mom II.

The shot compositions were critical for this type of serious documentary. In the beginning of the documentary…we see close ups of Nicole’s (the nurse’s) accomplishments (her RN deans-list degree). We also see that she has a family, house, and career from a wide shot perspective. However, when she speaks…we see her from an close – up and personal perspective. They show you both wide and medium shots of her interacting with the moms and babies she helps. The camera captures creative, close up shots of Nicole, the babies and their mothers when Nicole gives them advice. When the video introduces a new mother and baby… they introduce music, and close up shots of not only the characters but also, the baby’s room. Nicole is driving or walking alone, the camera capture over the shoulder shots of the even more, sensitive version of herself demonstrating what it is like for her to leave these mothers at the end of the program. She explains how they make an impression on her and how she encourages them to always stay in contact with her. The camera often ends many of these traveling scenes with wide shots which encourages the impact of the visual and narrative flow of the narrative.

This particular story really lends itself visuals because, it captures the landscape of where this story is taking place, interviews it’s subjects and touches on human empathy and emotion.

As for the sound, it started off with music that sounds native to Texas (where the story is happening). However, the music stops when the narration of the character begins and then often plays in between that narration.



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