Every Story Has an Even Better Backstory…Just Ask Ryan Ohm

Last week I tweeted about a trailer to a film that was created over the summer by my dear friend, Ryan Ohm. My brother, Marty Kaleta, and Ohm have been friends since kindergarten and were even voted “Most Likely to be Best Friends Forever” their senior year of high school. I guess you could say—well, I actually encourage you to say—that Ryan Ohm is like the second brother I never had (but actually do).


This summer when he asked my parents to use our house as the set of his film, Finn & the Sea of Noise, they agreed. And so, my family spent the first 4 weeks of summer with a film crew and actors appearing at random times and in random parts of our house while the movie was being filmed.


I wanted to tweet the link to the film’s trailer, because Ryan Ohm is family. But what made me actually tweet it, was the belief I had that it was an excellent example of creating video.


Don’t get me wrong, I’m aware that I am a journalism major, that the University of Missouri is known for journalism, and that I’m writing all these blog posts for a journalism class; I’m aware that there is a distinct difference between film and broadcast journalism, but I’m also aware that each platform can look to the other to enhance itself.


The cuts and special effects used in the Finn trailer are something that journalism students can admire. The way that the filmmakers were able to include so much information about the film into such a short timespan is a useful tool for journalists. The different editing techniques, the addition of music, ambient sound, and narration can also inspire journalists when they’re looking for more attention-grabbing techniques for documentaries or broadcasts.


What I enjoy most about this film trailer is its backstory, what I enjoy is Ohm’s backstory. I remember when Ohm first got into filming and how his work has grown. I think that his story is something that journalists can learn from, even if what they’re showing relies more upon truth and live action rather than fiction and scripted action. It’s a great view into the growth of a someone working behind the camera, and how much of a journey learning to film can be; whether it’s for entertainment or informational purposes, film truly is an art form.


For more about the film visit its website

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