I received an email from Texas State journalism student Lesley Ornelas today with an odd request:
My name is Lesley Ornelas and I am currently a journalism student at Texas State University in San Marcos,TX.
John Goheen recently spoke to one of my journalism classes and asked that we help him find the boy in his Lemonade Kid news story. He would like to do a follow up on him.
I found a post about the video on your web site.
I see that you have a large following and was hoping you could post something on the site to help in the search.
This is the basic information I have so far about the boy.
The video was shot in 88′ or 89′.
His name is either Sean or Shane and the video was shot by Lake Washington in a suburb of Seattle, Washington.
If anyone has info on this kid–now an adult– let me know and I will pass it on. The “Lemonade Kid” is one of may all-time favorite nat sound pieces and one the my early inspirations for doing video at my newspaper.
Here is my original post on The Lemonade Kid:
In my “What can we learn from TV news shooter’s” post, I asked if anybody had a link to The Lemonade Kid nat sound piece I’d seen years ago. Thankfully “Thom4″ came through for me and found it, and other classic videos shot by master video storyteller John Goheen. The Lemonade Kid really peaked my interest in video storytelling early in my still photojournalism career. I believe I saw it at a NPPA Flying Short Course way back in the early 90′s. It just blew me away. Watching the Nat sound package back then, I had no concept of how it was edited together. All I knew was that it just worked brilliantly as a story. I watched it again today for the first time since I gained some video editing knowledge. What I saw was a master class in video sequencing. This is not a hard news story, or some barnburner with action. It is just a slice-of-life story, with a precocious kid as the star attraction of a street corner lemonade stand. “Thom4″ writes:
“Thanks for the respect and a chance to provide you with the link to one of my favorite TV nat sound packages “The Lemonade Kid.” It was shot by photographer John C.P. Goheen and you can watch it by going to Terranova Pictures under the television projects tab. I heard John speak and show his work at a seminar more than 12 years ago in Atlanta. I had never seen this type non-narrated story before. John does some of the most amazing television photography I’ve ever seen. I would jump at a chance to spend more time learning from him. I steal all my best ideas. By the way, I’m a TV news photographer working in Orlando, FL. I’ve been shooting video for 13 years now.”
Play it through once and just enjoy it. Then play it again and watch the edits carefully. Look at how they flow. Watch how effectively Goheen uses his detail shots and the sequencing of wide, medium and tight shots. The other thing that works in the piece the way the narrative is gathered. A wireless mic was all that was needed to capture the sound of the kid and the customers. This allowed Goheen to pull back and get nice long shots without missing a beat in the audio. After checking out The Lemonade Kid, click on Keith’s Lunch, yet another Goheen classic. I wish the compressions on both were better, but I am just grateful as hell to see these stories again. Truly inspirational.