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Where Has All the (Our) Money Gone?

  KABUL, Afghanistan, 7 January 2014 — This is a brief clip I shot in a refugee camp in Kabul. According to a camp spokeswoman, the camp houses about 1,500 people from across Afghanistan who have fled the war. She said some of the refugees have been here for as long as 12 years. No […]

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“Footprints of Color” at Video Journalism Workshop

http://videojournalismworkshops.com, WASHINGTON, DC, 23 December 2013 — One of the most interesting films made during our recent Backpack Video Journalism Workshop in Montevideo, Uruguay, was done by Juan Marra about a young man who paints the sidewalks near his home in an effort to brighten up the neighborhood. This is just another example of how […]

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Video Journalism and the Streets of Montevideo

http://videojournalismworkshops.com, WASHINGTON, DC, 23 December 2013 — During my recent Video Journalism Workshop, Juan Gari produced this film about one of the many recyclers working the streets of the Uruguayan capital in horse-drawn carriages. You can watch Juan’s film HERE. Like many of his colleagues, Juan used an HDSLR. The benefits of using these cameras […]

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Narrate Your Documentary for Clarity, Personal Authorship

http://videojournalismworkshops.com, WASHINGTON, DC, 9 November 2013 — This is Webisode #13 from my ONLINE Video Journalism Workshop series during which we teach you how to make documentary films. This video walks documentary filmmakers through the process of narration. I know that many filmmakers aspire to not use narration, and this is fine, providing you are […]

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Documentary Filmmaking and Your Intellectual Property

WASHINGTON, DC, 8 November 2013 — I routinely advise participants in my Video Journalism Workshops to maintain control — as much as possible — of their intellectual property. My latest film on the Cuban economy illustrates why. I shot the bulk of the story, which appeared this week on a new Caribbean news outlet, during […]

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How To Use the Six-Shot System for Documentary Film Makers

WASHINGTON, DC, 4 November 2013 — Take a look at the Six-Shot System on how to make documentary films. You can see the whole system by clicking HERE. This system is a fundamental component of what I teach in the ONLINE Video Journalism Workshops. And it’s a critical part of the documentary filmmaking process.  

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