Bill Gentile's Essential Video Journalism Field Manual

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9781481891257: Bill Gentile's Essential Video Journalism Field Manual

Bill Gentile’s Essential Video Journalism Field Manual is a how-to guide for anyone aspiring to speak the visual language that increasingly dominates today’s global exchange of information. Founded on a 35-year-long journalism and teaching career that parallels and embodies the technological revolution that made video journalism possible, Gentile’s Field Manual is a must-read for beginners as well as veteran practitioners of the craft.

Follow him from the days of black-and-white film covering Nicaragua’s 1979 Sandinista Revolution to the era of high-definition, digital video cameras as he shoots and edits a documentary on U.S. Marines operating in Afghanistan’s Helmand River Valley. Gentile’s Field Manual teaches you to harness the power of technology and the Internet that dwarfs advances in global communication unleashed by the Gutenberg press.

You will learn how to:

Articulate story ideas.

Capture powerful images and clean sound.

Recognize and cultivate dramatic story arcs.

Conduct compelling, in-depth interviews.

Write powerful treatments and scripts.

Narrate stories.

Edit for maximum impact.

Included in the manual:

The ABCs of the Visual Language

Proposal, Controlling Ideas and Title

Clips to Story

The Six-Shot System

Rules on Shooting Video

How to Use a Tripod

Sound: the Heartbeat of Our Craft

Dramatic Arc

The Script, Writing to Pictures

Sample Scripts


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Bill Gentile is an independent journalist and documentary filmmaker teaching at American University in Washington, DC. He began in 1977 as reporter for the Mexico City News and correspondent for United Press International (UPI) based in Mexico City. He covered the 1979 Sandinista Revolution in Nicaragua, spent two years as editor on UPI’s Foreign Desk in New York, then moved to Nicaragua and became Newsweek Magazine’s Contract Photographer for Latin America and the Caribbean. His book of photographs, “Nicaragua,” won the Overseas Press Club Award for Excellence. He covered the U.S.-backed Contra War in Nicaragua and the Salvadoran Civil War in the 1980s; the U.S. invasion of Panama; the 1994 invasion of Haiti, the ongoing conflict with Cuba the 1990-91 Persian Gulf War and the subsequent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

In 1995 Gentile went to work for Video News International (VNI), precursor of The New York Times Television Company. He has completed assignments for The Learning Channel, the Discovery Channel, National Geographic Television, ABC’s Nightline With Ted Koppel, NOW With Bill Moyers, NOW hosted by David Brancaccio, Court TV and Lion TV. He shared the Robert F. Kennedy Award for Human Rights Reporting, Honorable Mention, for a story on rape during the 1994 Rwanda Genocide. He shared two National Emmy Awards and was nominated for two others.

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Bill Gentile
Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (2013)
ISBN 10: 1481891251 ISBN 13: 9781481891257
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