Monday July 14th, 2014

“How to Make Powerful Videos” Workshop October 2-5, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC, 14 July 2014 — Registration now is open for Bill Gentile’s Video Workshop in Washington, DC, on 2-5 October 2014.

Learn how to make powerful, character-driven videos for professional, personal and home use, and get a FREE copy of Bill Gentile’s Essential Video Journalism Field Manual.

For more information please click HERE.

Wednesday July 9th, 2014

Registration Opens for DC Video Workshop 2-5 October 2014

WASHINGTON, DC, 9 July 2014 — Registration now is open for Bill Gentile’s Video Workshop in Washington, DC, on 2-5 October 2014.

Learn how to make compelling videos for professional, personal and home use, and get a FREE copy of Bill Gentile’s Essential Video Journalism Field Manual.

For more information please click HERE.

Seats are limited and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

 

 

 

Tuesday July 8th, 2014

Kansas Video Workshop Covers “The Works”

OLATHE NORTHWEST HIGH SCHOOL, Kansas, 8 July 2014 — Two of my students from Olathe Northwest High School work on their documentary at a local music store. I’m spending the week here with more than a dozen high school students, a number of whom are freshmen with little or no previous training. What they do have, however, is a powerful desire to learn the craft. So we’re covering it all, from composition to controlling idea to shooting and interviewing, to character and dramatic arc. In other words: The Works.
(Photo by Bill Gentile)

Saturday July 5th, 2014

Video Storytelling and How It Defines Us

FT. MEADE, Md, 2 July 2014 — Marine Corps Sgt. Brandon Owen addresses graduates of his Video Production and Documentation course at the Defense Information School (DINFOS) at Ft. Meade, Md. It was Sgt. Owen who invited me to deliver the commencement address at the ceremony.

For about 10 minutes I spoke about how the practice of our craft defines who we are, which applies to both military and civilian journalists. Here is part of what I said:

“Never, ever, ever, give up on the pursuit of truth. Unlike accolades from friends and colleagues, unlike fame and fortune, the truth will never let you down. Even though that truth may be hard, cold and ugly, having told it, will comfort you.

You can hear the address HERE.

Also pictured are graduates and attendees at the ceremony at Ft. Meade. Also pictured is the Certificate of Achievement presented to me at the event.

I am deeply humbled by, and proud of, the fact that I was able to address these new visual communicators at DINFOS, which prepares journalists working for our U.S. Armed Forces. And I thank them for the opportunity.

(Photos by Bill Gentile)

Sunday June 29th, 2014

Video Workshop to Olathe Northwest High in Kansas

WASHINGTON, DC, 29 June 2014 — I head out a week from today to conduct a five-day workshop at the Olathe Northwest High School in Kansas. I’m looking forward to meeting the new generation of visual communicators.

I’m amazed at how young the incoming practitioners of our craft are today. An increasing number of high schools around the country are teaching visual communication, so by the time students arrive at university, they already have the foundation of the craft.

I’ll be posting about the experience here, on this blog, as well as on my Video Workshop Facebook page. Click HERE to see it.

 

 

Sunday June 1st, 2014

Georgian Journalists Use Cell Phones for Videos That Rock

 

TBILISI, Georgia, 30 May 2014 – A reporter for Media House Palitra uses a cell phone to video a demonstration by members an NGO devoted to the protection of human rights. The protestors alleged that employees of Georgia’s Interior Ministry routinely conduct secret surveillance on perceived political opponents, activists and common Georgian citizens. The Interior Ministry, and some of its uniformed employees, are seen in the background.

This young reporter uses his cell phone to video the event. Minutes later, he called the story in to his desk at the Media House Palitra headquarters, before heading back to the office where he wrote narration and oversaw the editing of his video story for the Internet.

I was surprised to see journalists using cell phones as primary reporting tools – something that many US media organizations have yet to figure out. As this young reporter and some of his colleagues pointed out, they don’t need to carry around big, heavy, intrusive, expensive camera gear to do their job. Nor do they have the means to purchase that kind of gear.

Having said that, I spent quite a bit of my two-week visit to Georgia instructing on how to make visual stories more powerful. Georgians take great pride in the fact that their alphabet is one of only 14 alphabets on the planet. But I introduced them to a 15th alphabet – the visual alphabet – and demonstrated how to speak the visual language more effectively. I covered the alphabet, the Clip-to-Story progression and the Six-Shot System. We screened a number of the videos that I routinely use during my Backpack Journalism Workshops.

I spent my last two days in Georgia at the Media House Palitra, a family owned business that includes hard copy and web newspapers, magazines and books, television and radio. It was really exciting to see this journalistic endeavor succeed.

I was in Georgia at the invitation of the U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi to give a series of workshops, presentations and discussions with professional journalists, journalism students and the general public interested in raising their voices with powerful visual storytelling. The idea is that a free press and free exchange of information are essential components of any free, democratic society.

It’s a tense time in Georgia, which borders Russia to the north. With violence rising in nearby Ukraine, many Georgians are deeply concerned about their country’s stability. And many of them recognize and understand the need for the free exchange of unbiased information. And that’s exactly what these new tools and the Internet allow all of us to do: To participate in the international dialogue that we call journalism. To raise our voices. To make videos that rock.

And by the way, I used my own iPhone 5S to make these pictures.

(Photos by Bill Gentile)

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Wednesday May 28th, 2014

Making Videos That Rock in Emerging Democracy

GURJAANI, Georgia, 27 May 2014 –- One of the students in my Backpack Video Journalism Workshop works on a project about a spa that includes a mud bath. In the picture, one of the employees of the spa demonstrates how she and her colleagues maintain the mineral-rich mud at high temperatures.

I’m in Georgia at the invitation of the U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi to give a series of workshops, presentations and discussions with professional journalists, journalism students and general public interested in raising their voices with powerful visual storytelling. The idea is that a free press and free exchange of information are essential components of any free, democratic society.

In the brief time that I’ve been in this country I’ve learned how journalists are threatened and pressured in ways that we in the West can only imagine. Only 26 years since it independence from what was then the Soviet Union, Georgia still is negotiating its way through the challenges presented by democracy. It’s a fascinating, and perilous, time.

(Photo by Bill Gentile)

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Tuesday May 27th, 2014

Making Videos and Enjoying Georgian Hospitality

GURJAANI, Georgia, 26 May 2014 – Enjoying a bit of Georgian hospitality at a small brewery just outside the town of Gurjaani. I’m working with a dozen members of the Network of Information Centers, teaching them how to make videos that rock.

I’m in Georgia at the invitation of the U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi to give a series of workshops, presentations and discussions with professional journalists, journalism students and general public interested in raising their voices with powerful visual storytelling.

(Photos by Bill Gentile)

http://videojournalismworkshops.com

Tuesday May 27th, 2014

Making Videos That Rock on the Georgian Border

GURJAANI, Georgia, 26 May 2014 – We’re on our way to a village near Gurjaani and our driver tells me that on the other side of these mountains is Chechnya. With the newspapers and television broadcasts filled with stories of increasing violence in the region, the tension on this side of the border is rising. People are concerned about Russian intentions in the area.

It reminds me of the old Mexican proverb, “So close to the United States but so far from God.” I suspect some Georgians might feel like, “So close to Russia but …”

(Photos by Bill Gentile)

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Tuesday May 27th, 2014

Making Videos That Rock in Gurjaani, Georgia

GURJAANI, Georgia, 26 May 2014 – Members of the Network of Information Centers watch one of my recent films on “God and Gangs in Guatemala” as part of my training here, a small town about an hour’s drive from Tbilisi.

All the participants at this three-day workshop are interested in improving their visual storytelling skills, which is what my Backpack Video Journalism Workshops are all about. They are about raising your voice and making videos that rock. This is a particularly interesting group, as all of the members are young, idealistic journalists who want to hone their craft and make a difference.

Today we covered the visual alphabet, the progression from clip to story, and the Six-Shot System.

I’m in Georgia at the invitation of the U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi to give a series of workshops, presentations and discussions with professional journalists, journalism students and general public interested in raising their voices.

We’re using various types of hardware and software in this workshop, because that’s what’s available to this organization, which is a kind of information cooperative. One of the things that I stress to all participants in all of my workshops no matter where I conduct one, is that the practitioner must be adept at using their own equipment.  Though there are similarities, every piece of gear is unique, and the best way to make the cameras do what you want them to do is to read the user’s manual. Take the time to read it.

(Photos by Bill Gentile)

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