The script was short, the focus direct. But the few seconds of sounds and shots told lots more than a full-length written piece might.
It shows a key rule in editing: As much as you can, let the audio and visuals speak for themselves.
When used wisely, good video can rivet and rouse.
So guides the choice cuts from the hour-long footage of the wait outside an air cargo terminal for a body in a box, and the wake that follows its arrival.
What then tells the story for TV in a standard one-minute-and-twenty?
It is the emotion shown in parents who cannot believe that their daughter passed on before them.
It is the cry of relatives who wished they welcomed home a hero instead of a hearse. And it is the image of youth gone too soon.
Reporter Gretchen Malalad patrols on a family’s grief at an unfulfilled promise.