Sunday, March 23, 2008
CAMP VIDEOJOURNALISM from david dunkley gyimah on Vimeo.
Robb Montgomery, founder and ceo of visualeditors.com and I knocked heads.
In Cairo for a week we filmed a series of meetings, deconstructions and talks with editors that will emerge as the film CAMP VIDEOJOURNALISM
CAMP VIDEOJOURNALISM is a story about new areas of storytelling. Robb has huge amounts of newspaper and web experience as a visual editor with a background that includes The Chicago Tribune.
As a piece of entertainment we hope you enjoy it. As a piece on how to it may have some currency.
We were due to present at their annual media gathering - a huge affair - but before then we decided on creating a VJ piece and the accompanying "making off.." which would demonstrate widening the news agenda, uncovering fresh areas of what constituted news and new techniques in news making.
There's some drama as well, when Robb falls sick from a bug and I'm constantly, to my amusement, spoken to in Arabic, before a hotel staffer insists because I look like a Nubian.
Then there's the states's state-of-the-art TV, which really is something and the management's desire for videojournalism, which starts off, that is the presentation not quite how we thought it would go.
The trailer above and playing on viewmagazine.tv will be deconstructed for my Apple talk on the 27th March at Regent Street, 7 O'clock.
It combines the use of Final Cut, After Effects and Live Type - which I use to create film titles using key frames.
On viewmagazine.tv I have dropped in a 960X 408 file, originally from 600mb down to 8mb for swift download
In Advancing Videojournalism, we play around with the subject-verb/ object in visual grammar, which enables us to shoot with the necessary focal narratives and cut aways in situ.
Effectively how to shoot to edit and identify the film's internal tempo and how to move it along by directing around the shoot.
In the last three years there has been a frenzy in video used in journalism.
But how significant has the emergence of video news making been to the established network news agenda?
It's a difficult question to answer, but what seems apparent is a general outlay of video skills have emulated television's stanza and its news agenda.
You could argue there's absolutely nothing wrong with that.
I had an interesting discussion along these lines with a senior executive from the METRO - the free newspaper.
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