How to cover the news from every angle

During a Hillary Clinton rally on CNN last week, it was obvious that nearly every supporter behind her had some sort of camera in his or her hand. Assuming there were hundreds of cameras positioned around the auditorium, the experience of the rally, or any other event, could be enhanced through multimedia. Using the different camera locations could give the online user the ability to pick the angle from which they view a news story instead of letting a media outlet choose for them.

The hundreds of cameras in the one room was reminiscent of the bullet time technology used in the movie The Matrix that positioned a number of cameras around an actor to create the effect of stopping time. That same thinking can be married with what is visually represented in the end credits of the movie Dreamgirls: the film editor’s job of selecting different camera shots (see below for examples). We can, in effect, let the user be his or her own film editor.

Left: Actor Keanu Reeves is captured in bullet time; Right: Film editing represented in the end credits of Dreamgirls

Below is a visual example of the possibilities of this technology. Using user-submitted photos, in this case, from Flickr, a site visitor can select the angle from which they view a news event (in this case a Barack Obama campaign rally in Oakland, Calif. last year).

Photos from Flickr users solsken, juicyrai, oso, js42, Barack Obama, y-cart used under Creative Commons license

The project above was built in Flash in less than 30 minutes and can be done for political speeches, sporting events, red carpet coverage, you name it. Many news outlets already have tip lines in place like for example CNN’s I-Report and the submissions can be harnessed to provide the online visitor with a unique experience. This can also be recreated by a quick-on-their-feet photographer or videographer who can literally be in many places at once.