Category Video

When Assisting Means Employed

David Walker at Photo District News has taken a look at several legal issues related to large-scale photo shoots, ones where “assistants” are routinely hired to help with the production.

The common industry term “assistants” means something different in New York and California. Most of us think of assistants as independent contractors, paid a flat rate to work on a shoot. In two states, it means they are employees and have to be paid at the end of the day, with taxes taken out and have a workers’ comp and unemployment insurance in place.

That is a game changer for a lot of budgets. This is worth a close read.

Storytelling Lessons

My friend Al Tompkins at the Poynter Institute has broken down a couple of Super Bowl commercials to help us become better storytellers.

Worth clicking through for the other ad breakdown.

Kandahar Journals Showing in Athens

As part of our McGill Symposium on Wednesday, October 5, we will be showing Louie Palu’s documentary on his time in Afghanistan here at the University of Georgia’s Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. Kandahar Journals looks at his time covering the war and its effects on his psychological transformation.

Doors will open at 7:30 and we will start at 8 a.m. in Studio 100 of the Grady College building. Free parking is available in the N09 and N08 lots at the corner of Hooper Street and East Campus Drive. To enter the building, use the entrance next to the exterior stairs on the Sanford Drive side of the building.

No admission charge and Mr. Palu will do a Q&A after the showing.

Envision Kindness Contest Open

LogoThe Envision Kindness Student Photography and Film Contest is now accepting entries.

This is a pretty cool idea and not just because it involves one of my good friends. The idea is to celebrate work that celebrates kindness an compassion. A good news competition, if you will.

Time Lapse of the Making of Graveyard of the Great Lakes

Eric Seals posted a time lapse video on the editing of his latest documentary film for the Detroit Free Press. Very cool to watch … now I need to see the whole film.

The Power of the Norman

KPBS video journalist Katie Schoolov has just returned from a week at the 55th annual News Video a Workshop in Norman, Oklahoma – and it was more than she imagined.

For those local to Athens, we will have our annual Bluejeans Workshop on Saturday, March 28 – a day talking about video storytelling.

Visual Journalism Seminars in Athens

To kick off the, ahem, Tenth Annual UGA Photojournalism Weekend Workshop, we will have a series of talks on Thursday, February 26, on issues related to photojournalism, multimedia journalism and working as an independent journalist. The sessions will be in Studio 100 on the first floor of Grady College here in Athens, Georgia, and are open to all.

  • 2:30Organizing Multimedia Projects: Emmy-award winning multimedia journalist Mike Roy will talk about how he stays on top of large projects like his stories on the Tick Tock Diner and Saving Shabazz
  • 3:15Working with Nonprofits: Katye Martens, multimedia and photography editor for the Pew Charitable Trusts, will talk about the relationship between independent photojournalists and nonprofit organizations
  • 4:00Marketing Yourself: Robin Nathan will talk about building an audience and finding work through marketing campaigns
  • 4:45Accentuate the Available: Mike Haskey, chief photographer for the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, will talk about using small, shoe mount lights to bring a little life to under-lit scenes

At approximately 5:30 we will have a renaming ceremony for the workshop and thank an alumnus who will be funding the event going forward.

Questions? Send them along. Hope you can make it.

Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar – Nov. 13-15

Atlpj logo circle text dc279d57Get your tickets early – registration is open for the Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar.

The schedule looks great – Amy Toensing, Scott Strazzante, Al Diaz, Matt Eich, Ken Lyons and a slew of others are on the lists.

Nope, Video is Still Horizontal …

Kelly Hodgkins over at The Unofficial Apple Weblog posted a link to a Dan Toth video, claiming that, “your entire perception of portrait video will change forever, guaranteed.”

It didn’t.

Was this shot as a vertical video? Yes. But then it was edited into a horizontal video.

Nice try, though.

Sound As Transport

This is a bit commercial, but the Music Bed has done a piece for RODE microphones on Passion for Sound.

Passion For Sound from The Music Bed on Vimeo.

(Thanks to Will Yurman for the link.)