“Mic a dog”

At the Video Storytelling Bootcamp at the Excellence in Journalism Convention in Fort Lauderdale, CBS photojournalist, Les Rose, talked about the importance of sound.  Using the idea of “mic a dog,” he said put a microphone on anything that is important to the story; he said he even miced a leather-bound book one time to get good nat/snd.   As far as shooting sequences, Rose says the key to getting good video is to anticipate the action.   I shot and edited the video of Les Rose with an iPhone.  

Al Tompkins speaking at EIJ

He made the presentation with Poynter Institute’s Al Tompkins, the author of the book, Aim for the Heart. He said solo videojournalists need to be more efficient and aware of their limitations:  ”The more stuff you’ve got to do,” said Tompkins, “the more you’ve got to be focused.”  The session kicked off the three day convention in Fort Lauderdale sponsored by the Society of Professional Journalists and Radio Television Digital News Association.

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