WASHINGTON, DC, 18 March 2012 — Here’s a group shot of the latest participants, assistants and observers at the Backpack Journalism Workshop of 8-11 March. Standing from left are James Eppard, Jose Espinosa, Esther Gentile, Jenna Bonello, Caroline Behringer and Kari Barber. Kneeling from left to right are Lee Poston, Monica Echeverria, Bill Gentile and Nick Ray.
My workshops are intensive, four-day immersions in the craft of “backpack journalism” defined as character-driven television/web productions with hand-held digital cameras by a single practitioner. The workshops cover the gamut of the visual storytelling process from the genesis and shaping of story ideas, to shooting powerful images that drive the story, to the capture and use of sound, to script writing, narration, and editing. These workshops are appropriate for beginners with some experience as well as existing practitioners who desire to sharpen their skills or acquire new ones. We welcome photojournalists, print and video journalists, aspiring documentary filmmakers and independent storytellers.
I teach the full range of skills required for effective visual storytelling—from Controlling Idea and Dramatic Arc to pitching, shooting, producing, scriptwriting, narrating and editing the final product. I bring in an Internet marketing expert so participants can learn to market their work, using the latest and most effective social media tools.
My assistants are some of the best and brightest of the field, and they come to each event with the latest information about the field, with a burning desire teach and with a positive attitude.
The era of the backpack video journalist has arrived. It’s revolutionizing the global exchange of information and ideas — and changing the way we live. I bring over 30 years of field experience to teach how to produce powerful TV and web productions. Information is power, and I aim to help you harness that power to document and to change the world.
So don’t wait to “Engage. Embrace. Empower.” Join us.
– Bill Gentile