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Video Journalism “Style” in Uruguay

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay, 14 December 2013 — This is the final video produced by Pablo Castro at my Backpack Video Journalism Workshop in Montevideo. It’s about a slightly eccentric bookseller in the nation’s capital. It’s also about visual style, narration and musical background, all unique and defining characteristics of Pablo’s film. All of them combine to […]

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Video Journalism (and Change) Head to Uruguay

WASHINGTON, DC, 24 November 2013 — This is the poster prepared by a former student of mine announcing my visit to, and Video Journalism Workshop in, Uruguay in December. The trip is designed to support Valentina Quagliotti, who founded Ikusi, a non-profit based in Montevideo, Uruguay. Ikusi is dedicated to furthering the objectives of other, […]

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Informal Interviews Connect Characters With Audience

http://videojournalismworkshops.com, WASHINGTON, DC, 12 November 2013 — I encourage students to conduct informal, on-the-run interviews with their characters as a means to connect those characters with their audience. The intent of these informal interviews is distinct from the formal, sit-down affairs that provide a character’s narration that we often slip under the character’s image while […]

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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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