WASHINGTON, DC, 24 March 2012 — Monica Echeverria shot this scene of myself and Jenna Bonello during the March 8-11, 2012 Backpack Journalism Workshop in Washington, DC. You can watch the clip on YouTube HERE. I try to get into the field with workshop participants as much as possible.
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. The 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