Saturday May 23rd, 2015

Bangkok Workshop #4 Launches

BANGKOK, Thailand, 21 May 2015 — Bangkok Backpack Video Journalism Workshop #4 opened with a “here’s what it looks like” screening of “Chain Gang,” the first piece I did when I began practicing this craft. It has served me well ever since.

For more information about my live or online workshops, see http://videojournalismworkshops.com/live and http://videojournalismworkshops.com, respectively.

 

(Photo by Bill Gentile)

 

Wednesday May 20th, 2015

Bangkok Workshop N. 3 Ends

BANGKOK, Thailand, 17 May 2015 — Workshop No. 3 in Bangkok ends with a photo of a terrific group of young journalists. Thank you all.

 

Saturday May 16th, 2015

Bruce Jones: Build Your Internet Presence

BANGKOK, Thailand, 16 May 2015 — Build your Internet presence. That’s what designer and Internet marketer Bruce Jones advised the students in my Backpack Video Journalism Workshop when we Skyped him in from his Boston office today. Use all the social media tools, Bruce told them, including YouTube, one of the most powerful tools we can access.

In the picture, Ying Panyapon translates Bruce’s message.

(Photo by Bill Gentile)

Friday May 15th, 2015

Video Workshop Transitions to Post-Production

BANGKOK, Thailand, 15 May 2015 — On this, the second day of our four-day Backpack Video Journalism Workshop, we move into the Post-Production stage. As in the real world of film making, the workshop is broken down into three components: Pre-Production, Production and Post-Production.

(Photo by Bill Gentile)

 

Friday May 15th, 2015

Controlling Idea Is King

BANGKOK, Thailand, 15 May 2015 — I spent part of yesterday tooling around Bangkok, chasing students and stories they’re working on for our Backpack Video Journalism Workshop. We’ve spent quite a bit of time working on the concept of Controlling Idea as the core of our video stories. As I explained to the 24 students in our current class, the Controlling Idea dictates everything they shoot and every question they ask. Controlling Idea is king.

(Photo by Bill Gentile)

Wednesday May 13th, 2015

Video Workshops Return to Thailand

BANGKOK, Thailand, 13 May 2015 — The sun burns through a thick haze in the Thai capital, where I arrived last night in preparation for two Video Workshops. What a pleasure and honor to have been invited again by the Thai Broadcast Journalists Association. The workshops are four long, hard days (9 am until at least 9 pm) each but they also are deeply gratifying.

I’m looking forward to working with another group (this one includes 23 students) of Thai journalists, who always seem eager to learn new skills. I conducted two workshops here last year, one in July and another in December.

During this trip, we’re hoping to unveil the Thai language version of my Essential Video Journalism Field Manual, which should be released this month.

We’re conducting this week’s workshop at a hotel on the shores of the river running through central Bangkok.

For more information on the workshops, please click here http://videojournalismworkshops.com/live

(Photos by Bill Gentile)

Sunday May 10th, 2015

Just 10 Days Left to Register for Video Workshop

WASHINGTON, DC, 10 May 2015 — Just 10 days left to register for the June 4-7  Video Workshop With Bill Gentile in Washington, DC. Registration closes at midnight on Wednesday 20 May 2015.

At this four-day immersion in the craft of video storytelling, you 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.
Or contact me at billgentile@billgentile.com

 

(Photo at Frontline Club in Tbilisi, Georgia. 2013.)

 

 

Sunday May 3rd, 2015

Sell Your Videos on the Web

WASHINGTON, DC, 3 May 2015 — Internet marketing expert Bruce Jones (right) outlines some of  his techniques on how to sell videos on the Internet. Bruce will be featured in our June 4-7 Video Workshop in Washington, DC.

We’ll Skype in Bruce from his Boston home to discuss how to market videos once they’re done. Knowing how to market your work is critical. Once you finish making a video, you have to know how to get it out there in front of people.

And that’s where Bruce Jones comes in. At the workshop, we’ll also distribute some of his easy-to-follow guides on marketing, which he’s been doing for many, many years.

For more information on the workshop, click here: http://videojournalismworkshops.com/live

Remember, only 18 DAYS LEFT TO REGISTER for the June 2015 event.

Sunday May 3rd, 2015

“Afghan Dreams,” The Second Half.

PITTSBURGH, PA, 29 April 2015 — Two of the central characters in our film, “Afghan Dreams,” shine in a darkened theater at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Our documentary follows four young Afghan women competing in the world’s most important contest of international law, the Vis Moot East. The contest is held each year in Hong Kong.

“This is the second half of your job.” That’s what I tell students working on documentary films about the promotion of their work once it is finished. And this is nearly as important as the film making process itself. You have to be “out there, with every means possible,” getting people to look at your work. It’s not easy. I use every means possible. My web site and blog. Facebook. Twitter. LinkedIn. Aweber. Word of mouth.

Get it out there. It’s the second half of your job.

Below, the sun sets over my home city after the screening.

(Photos by Bill Gentile.)

 

Wednesday April 29th, 2015

Three Weeks to Register for Video Workshop

WASHINGTON, DC, 29 April 2015 — Only three weeks left to register for the June 4-7 Video Workshop With Bill Gentile. Veterans get 20% discount.

Don’t miss this four-day immersion in the craft of visual storytelling. 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, click here: http://videojournalismworkshops.com/live

Contact me with questions: billgentile@billgentile.com

Bill Gentile