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Further reading

In this list I selected a couple of texts as an introduction into the workshop „How to make a short documentary with a smartphone“. While this list is far from comprehensive, it should be a good starting point to explore these topics in greater depth. Please feel free to add any of your own suggestions.

Cover photo: Rainer Halama

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Michael Rosenblum’s “five shot” method for meaningful video sequences

One of the more successful way of training new folks in visual literacy is through patterns. One such pattern that is used in journalism circles is the „BBC 5 shot“ pattern, pioneered by Michael Rosenblum. He developed this method while training    journalists from the NY Times to the BBC Five-shot rule is a useful technique in filming someone working on something. You can various tutorials and guidelines on the web about five-shot rule. This is my version.

Titelbild: Macchrissli, Interview Monitor Grid, CC BY-SA 4.0

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Mobile journalism must haves

Did you know that your smartphone is a magic movie making tool? It is a powerful content creation tool right out of the box. Even the headphones can also be used as an emergency microphone for interviews. But what equipment do you actually need to become a mobile journalist and what is nice-to-have?

Cover Photo: © Raimond Spekking / CC BY-SA 4.0 (via Wikimedia Commons), Periscope app streaming a guided tour in Städel museum, Frankfurt-3308, CC BY-SA 4.0

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How to make a short documentary with a smartphone

Niccolò Caranti (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:WikiCon_2016_-_Eröffnungsfeier_03.jpg), „WikiCon 2016 - Eröffnungsfeier 03“, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/legalcode

Online Videos are enjoying great popularity. 55% of people watch videos online every day and using the word ‘video’ in an email subject line boosts the open rates by 19%. Nevertheless videos are still underepresented in science communication. Although it is quite easy to make a short documentary with a smartphone and some apps. The process is so simple that anyone can make them very easily. In this workshop I show you how to get better video with your smartphone including mistakes to avoid, and general filming tips on stabilization, framing, exposure, focus, lighting, audio, and must have accessories. The final sections presents suggestions for further reading .

Cover Photo: Niccolò Caranti, WikiCon 2016 – Eröffnungsfeier 03, CC BY-SA 4.0

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Lostfriesland: Was bisher geschah

Mysteriöse Dinge geschehen in Ostfriesland schon seit Jahrhunderten. Erzählungen von niemals endenden Schlachten, falschen Teufeln und verschwundenen Frauen sind Sagen und Legenden, die mich in dunklen, nebelverhangenen Wintertagen schon als Kind in wohliges Gruseln versetzten. Nun darf ich selbst solche Geschichten erzählen. Unlängst startete die Social-Media-Mystery-Serie Lostfriesland, die ich gemeinsam mit Matthias Sdun und John Hörschemeyer produziere. Was bislang in Lostfriesland geschah, haben wir in einem Video zusammengefasst: Lostfriesland: Was bisher geschah weiterlesen