Saturday January 31st, 2015

Video Workshop Registration Ends 18 February

WASHINGTON, DC, 31 January 2015 — Registration for the March 5-8 Video Workshop in Washington, DC, ends at midnight of Wednesday 18 February.

See for details.

At our four-day immersions into the visual storytelling language, you will:

• Learn to articulate story ideas.
• Capture powerful images and clean sound.
• Recognize and cultivate dramatic story arcs.
• Conduct compelling, in-depth interviews
• Write powerful treatments and scripts.
• Narrate stories.
• Edit for maximum impact.

Seating is limited so don’t wait. Register now at

See you there!

Bill Gentile


Sunday January 25th, 2015

Learn To Make Videos That Rock!

WASHINGTON, DC, 25 January 2015 — Registrations now are being accepted for our Video Workshop on 5-8 March 2015.

Space is limited and participants will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

During this four-day immersion in the visual storytelling language, you will:

  • Learn to articulate story ideas.
  • Capture powerful images and clean sound.
  • Recognize and cultivate dramatic story arcs.
  • Conduct compelling, in-depth interviews
  • Write powerful treatments and scripts.
  • Narrate stories.
  • Edit for maximum impact.

For details, see

We look forward to seeing you.

Saturday January 24th, 2015

What Comes in the ONLINE Course? Learn about what is included in the Online Video Workshop with Bill Gentile. Bill Gentile and Bruce Jones take you through the 14 videos for this online course

Join us for the Online Video Journalism Workshop and learn how to make compelling video documentaries. In this course we’ve molded the acclaimed, real-life Video Journalism Workshop by Emmy Award winning journalist Bill Gentile into 14 compelling and informative videos to reveal the secrets of making video documentaries.

• Learn to articulate story ideas.
• Capture powerful images and clean sound.
• Recognize and cultivate dramatic story arcs.
• Conduct compelling, in-depth interviews
• Write powerful treatments and scripts.
• Narrate stories.
• Edit for maximum impact.

To learn more about the Online Video Workshop please visit

Or join us on Facebook at

Best regards,

Bill Gentile

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Saturday January 24th, 2015

Turn Your Film Into a Campaign at American University

WASHINGTON, DC, 24 January 2015 — What to do with your film once it’s finished?

In conjunction with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, American University’s School of Communication is hosting award-winning British filmmaker Callum Macrae for a screening of his film, “No Fire Zone.” After the screening, Macrae will discuss how he’s turned the film into a campaign to create awareness about some of the worst human rights violations of our time.

(AU recently became a member of the Pulitzer Center’s Campus Consortium. See

Macrae’s film examines the Sri Lankan civil war and the government’s final assault against Tamil Tigers. His investigation into atrocities against civilians during this assault, and his ability to weave what he uncovered into the film, resonates with students, faculty and filmmakers across a wide spectrum of interests. Besides the film’s subject matter, Macrae’s effort to raise awareness of those atrocities addresses the debate surrounding international relations, traditional journalism vs. “advocacy” or “campaigning” journalism, and other compelling points of discussion.

See for Callum’s Pulitzer Center-supported project page for additional details.

On the evening of Wednesday 4 February, Macrae is scheduled to show his film in the SOC’s Forman Theater and to participate in a panel discussion. For specifics on the event, see

Please join us for light food and refreshments before the event, which is free and open to the public

For questions, contact me at

Best regards,

Bill Gentile



Sunday January 11th, 2015

What Camera Do You Use to Make Videos?

WASHINGTON, DC, 11 January 2015 — It’s one of the questions that I most often get from students: “What camera do you use?”

And the answer is always the same: “It depends.” Take a look at this video, which attempts to answer the question in a more specific manner. Click HERE to watch.

These are the kinds of things that I teach in my Video Workshops. By the way, we now are accepting registration for our next LIVE workshop, on March 5-8. Click HERE for details.

For information about the ONLINE version, click HERE.

Thanks for your attention and best regards,

Bill Gentile

Wednesday January 7th, 2015

Raise Your Voice and Win a Field Manual

WASHINGTON, DC, 7 January 2015 — We call sound “the heartbeat” of the videos we produce. Whether you’re using a sophisticated camera with two XLR inputs for sound, an HDXLR or a smart phone, you have to understand how to use the gear to get optimal sound.

For the Emmy Award-nominated “Afghanistan: The Forgotten War” that I did for NOW on PBS, I used a Sony EX-1, with a directional mic as well as a wireless mic. With that kind of gear, it’s pretty easy to get good sound — if you know how to use it.

In the film, and as U.S. Marines interviewed Afghan peasants, I had to place the wireless mic on somebody, or something, to achieve optimal sound. I couldn’t move around the enclosed space so positioning of the mic was critical.

So, you tell me on whom or on what the mic is in this picture, and I’ll send you a free copy of my Essential Video Journalism Field Manual. You may want to watch the story, and you can do so if you click HERE. The first person to correctly identify the location of the wireless will get the Field Manual. So send me an email, asap, to my personal email address:


Saturday January 3rd, 2015

“No Fire Zone” Screening/Discussion at American University

WASHINGTON, DC, 3 January 2015 — Award-winning documentary filmmaker Callum Macrae is on hand Wednesday, February 4, 2015, at American University for the screening of “No Fire Zone,” which tells the story of the final 138 days of the 26-year Sri Lanka civil war and sheds light on the government’s brutal military offensive that saw between 40,000 and 70,000 civilians die.

The screening and discussion are part of the launch of the Pulitzer Center’s Campus Consortium partnership with American University.

“No Fire Zone” documents war crimes, summary execution, torture and sexual violence with direct evidence recorded by both victims and perpetrators on mobile phones and small cameras.

The February 4 event should be a fascinating intersection of documentary filmmaking, human rights activism and international law. It’s just another way of Raising Our Voice With Video. This is what I teach at American University, in my LIVE Video Workshops (see as well as the ONLINE Video Workshops (See

This February 4 event is open to the general public. For details, click HERE. Please feel free to contact me with questions at

Image by Callum Macrae. Sri Lanka, 2014.

Monday December 29th, 2014

Raise Your Voice at Video Workshop

WASHINGTON, DC, 29 December 2014 — The power to raise your voice with video is at your fingertips. Learn to raise your voice about issues that are important to you, your family, your community and your country. Learn the secrets of powerful visual storytelling to participate in the international video dialogue.

It is a pleasure to announce that we will conduct Video Workshops in Washington, DC, on three occasions during 2015. We will hold the four-day immersions in the visual storytelling language on:

- March 5-8, 2015.
- June 4-7, 2015.
- October 8-11, 2015.

Space is limited so register now at

Feel free to contact me with questions at

Happy Holidays and Best Regards in the New Year,

Bill Gentile

Monday December 22nd, 2014

Raising Our Voice With the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting

WASHINGTON, DC, 22 December 2014 — American University now is a member of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting’s Campus Consortium. As part of Campus Consortium Membership, AU and the Pulitzer Center will select two students for international reporting projects of their choice involving an underreported systemic issue. Each student fellow will be awarded $2,500.00 to help pay for the reporting project. See the attached article for details.

This relationship is especially helpful for students enrolled in my Foreign Correspondence class, which is why I’m so excited and proud to have helped engineer it. The fellowships are open to print journalists, photojournalists, documentary filmmakers, students working for non-profits or non-governmental organizations, etc.

For details, click HERE.


Saturday December 20th, 2014

Raise Your Voice With Internet Marketing, BANGKOK, Thailand, 15 December 2014 – So you’ve finished your video. Now, what do you do with it? How do you get it out there, in front of people, so it can have an impact? To answer these questions, I Skyped designer and Internet marketer Bruce Jones into the third day of our workshop in Bangkok.

Click HERE to watch part of Bruce’s presentation.

Bruce attended my first ever Video Workshop in 2008. And we’ve collaborated ever since. He’s been a regular participant in my Video Workshops, either in person or via Skype. He produced my Essential Video Journalism Field Manual. He helped produce our ONLINE Video Workshops. He’s a trusted colleague and friend.

His participation in this most recent event was a highlight for all. Participants loved the information Bruce brought to the table. He helped me answer students’ questions about what they do with their videos once they are finished making them. This video is just a snapshot of the kind of material that Bruce covered.

On the last day of the workshop I showed students the Internet presence that I had built, in accordance with much of what Bruce discussed during our workshop. It was because of that Internet presence that the Thai Broadcast Journalists Association had found me on the Internet and asked me to come to Thailand in the first place. So the system really works.

This last workshop was a deeply gratifying experience. Students learned a new language. The visual storytelling language is universal. They learned how to make powerful, compelling videos. They learned how to Raise Their Voices with those videos. And they learned how to be heard, to have an impact, and to promote change.

They learned how to establish their presence on the Internet, using the videos they produced during our event. And they learned how to create community, to connect with other communities, to cultivate these communities, and to join the international dialogue about issues that are important to them, their families, their communities and the country they live in.

This is what I teach in my ONLINE Video Journalism Workshops (see and in my LIVE workshops (see