If you’ve ever fancied making a documentary yourself, take a look at my workshop „How to make a short documentary with a smartphone“. Follow this tutorials for some tips on creating a documentary film. Here are some supplementary notes.
Interviews are the main method for acquiring information from individuals. Study these 10 strategies to improve your interview skills.
Cover Photo:: Michael Pattinson, Public Domain
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.
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
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 .