I keep hearing it. “I could shoot better video if only I had (name the) camera. My life would be so much better if… People would hire me if only… Hate to break it to ya bro, but that ain’t it. It’s not your gear, unless you’re still trying to keep between the lines with […]Read more "It’s all in the mind of the shooter…"
Heads up – this is a “shameless self-promotion” posting. My visual storytelling business is up and running. While small (with intentions to stay that way), I have plans to make it big – in quality. Although I’ve dabbled a bit with video production and its many challenges, I find my love of news and storytelling […]Read more "Business…"
A paradigm (para-dime) is typical pattern or model of something. One of the paradigms of visual storytelling has been a certain type of camera. For years these cameras were the domain of professionals…large, extremely expensive, totally amazing pieces of technology. It took big bucks to get one and you made big bucks if you had […]Read more "Phone-ography…"
A sudden awareness of something wonderful! And it all came about because a former reporter asked where the reporters were in the photograph of newsreel cameramen that graces my facebook page. I responded that there were no reporters…just cameramen until the late 20s when soundmen appeared with all of their apparatus. Epiphany. No reporters for […]Read more "Epiphany…"
I remember when CNN started up in the 70s. Friend of mine (a camerawoman) came up to me one day and said, “There’s this guy from CNN who said he’d make me a star!” She was smiling and I laughed. A cameraman a star? Seemed like a podunk idea…going nowhere fast. But THAT sure didn’t […]Read more "What’s new is old is new again…"
…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 […]Read more "Going in circles, biting my…"