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)