DigitalEd: How to Tell Visual Stories Through Video

    by Bill Gentile
    January 4, 2016

    Title: How to Tell Visual Stories Through Video

    Instructor: Bill Gentile, Professor/Journalist In Residence, American University

    Learn to Speak the Visual Storytelling Language


    We stand at an extraordinary juncture in the history of mankind, technology and communication. Even more important than the Gutenberg press, the advances in digital cameras and the Internet provide ordinary citizens with extraordinary power: To communicate instantly, globally and in the visual language, which supersedes the written and the spoken word. Bill Gentile teaches that language and enables visual communicators to speak it fluently.

    Gentile will help you frame and tell stories through video capture, giving you the techniques you need to make great video stories. But this training is about going beyond just capturing the story with video; it will help you tell great stories with the medium.

    What you’ll learn from this training:

    1. The ABCs of the Visual Storytelling Language.
    2. The Progression from Clip to STORY.
    3. The Six-Shot System
    4. Formal and Informal Interviews

    Who should take this training:

    • Practicing journalists who want to improve their craft.
    • Still photographers who want to enter the realm of video.
    • Governmental, non-governmental, non-profit employees who want to document their work.

    Date and Time: Jan 20, 2015 at 1 pm ET / 10 am PT

    Price: $39

    Please register now to save your spot for this training!

    Note: If you can’t attend the live session, you can still register and see the archived video and ask questions of the instructor. Free registration for BigMarker is required.

    About the Instructor:

    Bill Gentile is an independent journalist and documentary filmmaker teaching at American University in Washington, DC. His career spans four decades, five continents and nearly every facet of journalism and mass communication, most especially visual communication, or visual storytelling. He is the founder and director of American University’s Backpack Journalism Project. He is a pioneer of “backpack video journalism” and today he is one of the craft’s most noted practitioners. He is the author of the highly acclaimed “Essential Video Journalism Field Manual.” He engineered the School of Communication’s 2015 partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and is the driving force behind that initiative. Scroll down to his three-minute reel on the home page of his web site to watch the transformation of his work from still photojournalist to documentary filmmaker: http://billgentile.com.

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