Long-time friend of b-roll.net and BBC shooter, Christian Parkinson always has good stories to tell. He shares his many travels in Africa for the Beeb…
Now he’s put those great ideas down on paper – or virtual paper – in a new ebook called Camera Confidential: an insider’s guide to video journalism.But always wanting to give back, Parkinson has decided to give all profits from the book to the Rory Peck Trust – a group dedicated to supporting journalism freelancers.
I’ve written Camera Confidential to help people who shoot. It’s the book I wish somebody had handed me as a fresh faced twenty-five year old jumping on a plane for my first foreign assignment. Sections include: breaking into the industry, how to pack your kit, how to fill out customs paperwork, what to carry in a warzone, how to operate in extreme weather, how to shoot interviews and pieces to camera and advice on writing scripts and story-telling.
Check it out here…
Our favorite Kiwi, Stephen “Cameragod” Press, with another b-roll.net HACK. Basically, telling you to steal from your hotel… just leave the towels, robe and mini-bar alone!
Miles O’Brien tells a frightening story that began with a cart of tumbling pelican cases. My best to him and to all, be careful out there…
Read it here…
At its core, b-roll.net is about education. Hopefully the many tips and tricks found on this site have inspired a few photogs to try something new. At the very least, we’re a group who appreciates the good work found in our industry.
I’ve decided to take that teaching spirit to the next level and become an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism. While I’ll still be shooting at Cox Media Group as usual, I will be infecting a group of students taking J262 with Broadcast Shooting and Editing two nights a week.
Former CNN shooter, Bethany Swain is gracefully taking me under her wing as I learn the ropes of teaching. I’m taking notes from great presenters I’ve had in the past – like Les Rose, Al Tompkins, Stan Heist, and Darren Durlach (surely, I’m failing to remember all the great teachers).
So starting in January, I may be calling on you to help me scrounge up examples to demonstrate core principles I’m teaching. Also, my students may be looking around the site for ideas – please be nice to them. They may be green – but they’re eager to learn how to do it right.
Thanks for teaching me so much over the years, here on b-roll.net. Let’s hope I can prove the old adage wrong – “Those who can, do; those who can’t, teach.”
All the best,
My Norfolk, VA buddy Ryan Beard is an exceptionally gifted shooter who went from studio camera, to news camera to production shooter. Not only does he have a great eye, he’s got a great heart – and a big smile for the folks around him.
I was greatly disheartened to hear that he’s recently been diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer. He’s going through treatment now, but the doctors are only giving him 2-3 years.
Being smart, Ryan wants to spend as much of that time with his family and friends – and hopes people can help him.
He’s raising money through GoFundMe.com in order to pay for a family getaway in the Outer Banks, NC. Any money over his goal will go towards medical expenses and a college fund for his son Ben.
Check out his page and help if you can….
“Veteran KRON 4 reporter Jeff Bush and a private security guard were covering a story in San Francisco Friday evening when they were the targets of a hold-up.
Two armed men demanded Jeff’s equipment. He immediately surrendered the equipment and took cover.
Shots were fired by the security guard.
One of the gunmen was hit, and later drove himself to the hospital.”
Long time friend of b-roll.net, Christian Parkinson is a BBC photog based in South Africa. His blog site, ImageJunkies is filled with amazing stories of international network shooting as well as the tips and tricks that come with it…
As our weather here in DC starts to cool off, the fear of winter is creeping up on us (Ok, maybe “fear” is a strong word). BBC Camerawoman Julie Ritson has been based in Moscow. She doesn’t share my “fear.”
Like most ideas that help us shoot better – a lot of it comes down to preparation.
Check out Julie’s tricks, HERE.