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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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.
Cover photo: Runner1616, Clpbrd, CC BY-SA 3.0
Continue reading How to make a documentary
On iOS devices Splice is the best free video editor. It’s easy-to-use interface makes it easy to create a short documentary. Continue reading Working with video apps
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
Continue reading Tips for shooting dynamic video interviews
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
Continue reading Michael Rosenblum’s “five shot” method for meaningful video sequences
One of the best ways to explain your science is through the use of video. Here are some basic tips for making your videos look professional.
Cover Photo: Mueller / MSC, MSC 2014 Smartphone-Audience Mueller MSC2014, CC BY 3.0 DE
Continue reading General filming tips
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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Shooting and sharing videos has never been so easy, with a wide selection of mobile apps available to capture, edit and distribute your footage.
Cover Photo: Fuzheado, Wikimakesvideo-iphone-camera, CC BY-SA 3.0
Continue reading The best apps for making videos
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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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: Continue reading Lostfriesland: Was bisher geschah