Anthony Gonzalez Staff Report
December 4, 2013
A filmmaker who posted a video of an incident at the Elkin Walmart on Thanksgiving answered questions pertaining to the fluctuation in audio.
The YouTube video titled “Black Friday 2013: Walmart Kicked Me Out For THIS video” was captured by New York filmmaker and Bronx resident Brian Spain, who timed a scene of people screaming over the television grab.
The video posting went viral.
In the video, one unidentified customer repeatedly shouts, “Oh my god.” The comment was repeated on several occasions with the audio levels often fluctuating.
Spain indicated that he had not adjusted the audio, a technique available through editing software programs such as Avid, Pinnacle, Final Cut, or comparable products.
“No, I didn’t change the audio. I’m aware that audio levels can be adjusted, but I did not do that,” said Spain.
Spain said he’s not exactly sure at why the audio fluctuated. He said that the camera microphone may have been adjusting to the loud noise during the incident.
Spain indicated that he shot the footage on a Canon PowerShotSX260. He said that he edited video on a program called Final Cut.
“I edited the video eliminating the footage before the incident and after,” said Spain. “I am actually thinking about releasing the additional footage.”
Spain said that the additional footage consists of statements made by a Walmart employee who had escorted him out of the store.
“The sound (of the employees voice) is kind of low on that one, so I may adjust the sound so people can hear it,” he said.
Spain said he was drawn to Walmart because he had noticed the parking lot was full and people were parking cars in the street.
For the original video, Spain did offer some clarity on a position he initially had taken.
During the incident (shown through video review), a small crowd had gathered for the release of televisions on sale. A good Samaritan is observed waiving toward authorities to assist a lady who had fallen onto the floor. An unidentified shopper started pushing people to help aid the woman who had fallen.
Spain initially thought the person had punched someone and Walmart refused to address the matter.
Bystanders indicated that the man who was pushing people may have been related to the lady and was seeking to aid her.
“What’s important to clear up was that I thought that guy had punched somebody and Walmart didn’t do anything about it,” said Spain.
Spain graduated from Elkin High School in 1996. He departed Elkin in 1999. Spain indicated that he was visiting relatives in Elkin over the Thanksgiving holiday capturing footage on the changes since he lived here.
Walmart has not returned calls addressing the Spain ejection.
“I have not heard from them at all,” said Spain.
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