18th November 2014: Sydney, Australia
How about I pretend to be a weather reporter, using an oncoming natural disaster as the metaphor to describe my feelings today! I did hear the term a ‘natural occurrence’ yesterday’. A term created to normalise the extremities of the weather conditions ravaging varying nations around the world. I do recognise I am neither qualified to write about this topic and have no research to support my opinion, however, just see the term drenched in negative connotations and it’s application a form of swaying attention, adding to confusion or splitting opinion on the matter of the environment.
So, a weather reporter. For some reason, I feel more inclined to take the stance of an American weather reporter, dramatically standing on the forefront of a howling East Coast beach with waves slamming into the adjacent break-wall, awaiting the oncoming Hurricane about to brace the nation. An Australian perspective may bare weight though, and I would rather prefer to discuss a local matter than be unconsciously directed to speak about America due to the influence and total control of almost all mass media. Furthermore, it would be fairly accurate in saying the Australian weather reporters are rather dramatic in their reporting manner too!
Ok, the report! It is approaching summer, and if I was from Queensland, reference may be made to a developing off-shore cyclone, however, I am in Sydney so a bushfire is more suited. I am not sure about the scaling of bush-fires, and whether degrees or grades are used, however, visuals are essential to captivating the audience. Therefore, the initial frame is not at the studio whereby a short clip will show a charcoaled firefighter holding a rescued animal or a devastated family (has to be at least one child present) standing in front of their family ruins. Instead, let’s say we are shooting live in the midst of the furnace, with warning sirens ringing in the background. It could be safe to say I would be standing in front of a family taking all precautions on their house to decrease the risk of a fire ravaging the foundations and contents of their home. A scene would then be shown of the male figure in the house wearing evident strains of fatigue on his face. The male is accompanied by a look of worry on a female face, either a mother, eldest daughter or grandmother of the family. Maybe at this point, archived footage breaks into the segment, showing the repeated pattern from a past fire with the house a total wreck. Let’s remember that an interview is very a powerful tool used to pull at the strings of peoples hearts, thus, an interview could feature, however, you wouldn’t be able to extract great detail due to the inability of verbalising the emotions in a clear and concise manner, particularly when distracted by the stressors associated with the circumstances. The segment would then come to a dramatic closure as I look towards the crew of firefighters running and shouting for us to move on. It is at this point whereby I would sign off, saying further reports will be provided throughout the broadcast.