News 8 Austin Fireworks coverage…were they drunk?
Last night we spent the 4th indoors at a friend’s house where much good food was had. When 9:30 rolled around, we turned on the News 8 Austin coverage of the symphony and the fireworks. The 30 minutes that followed had the entire room doing a Mystery Science Theater 3000 type commentary and finding it hard to believe that this was a professional television station. I work on a cable access show where everyone is a volunteer, and we’ve never had a show that looked that bad. The camera work was atrocious. Horribly chosen shots, bad framing, jerky zooms, etc. The worst offender was a long shot of the city with the fireworks going off overhead that was completely blurry and out of focus. In fact it seemed to get worse each time they cut back to it. This really begged the question as to who was directing the show, and why would they even cut to this shot, much less linger on it for what seemed like an excruciatingly long period of time. Several times. Luckily we all had a good time reveling in the comedy of how bad it was. Our best guess is that they since it was a holiday the people with training must have been off, and they must have let a bunch of new untrained interns run the show.