1. Point and shoot cameras. Flip type cameras with no zoom or a very short distance zoom (or worse yet, optical zoom) and no microphone input.
2. Consumer level camcorders with one smallish chip, a decent zoom and no microphone input.
3. Prosumer/low end professional level camcorders with three chips and either XLR or mini-jack mike inputs.
...high? Low? In between?
Like I used to tell my students, you gotta know your target audience before you even think about creating a visual story. Well, the same thing applies to writing a book. In this case, The Basics of Videojournalism.
Our original demographic was high schools...then we realized there was a wider potential audience, so we have adapted to that. And we've also finally settled on some of the finer points about our audience, including what level of gear they need.
Roughly we've broken gear into four basic groups.
...well, not fingers. Work on The Basics of Videojournalism progresses. The focus this week is to get the chapter on shooting done, complete with illustrations. Those we take care of tomorrow with former McNair broadcasting student (and someday film cinematographer) Louis Martinez, who will be acting as our model for illustrations for the book. Author … Continue reading Going in circles, biting my…
Obviously I haven't posted in a while...and it's gonna be a while longer before I can resurface to do much. The Basics of Videojournalism, my not-quite-an-epic is sucking up all my time. It is taking shape from a core workbook, pages and pages of notes and comments, onto something clearer and cleaner. In organizing, we … Continue reading Diving deep for a while…
We can't keep calling this "the high school textbook on videojournalism." One - it has no personality. Two, it's way to much to type. Here are a couple of thoughts. The Basics of Videojournalism (Larry Nance) Videojournalism: Thinking Visually (hmmm...sounds like a website I saw once) VJ (only the initiated will buy this...and a lot … Continue reading Dammit we need a name…