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The Zocalo Today

Welcome and thank you for dropping by. Given the breadth of materials available today in both written and electronic format, there are way too many books available to stay current. This page is an effort to review some of the books I've read and want to share with readers.

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If you have questions or items for the news, drop me a line at sgbruckner@aol.com.

Again, WELCOME!

BOOKS OF INTEREST

Videojournalism - Multimedia storytelling

VIDEOJOURNALISM: Multimedia Storytelling

Book Description
Publication Date: February 16, 2012 | ISBN-10: 0240814657 | ISBN-13: 978-0240814650 | Edition: 1

Videojournalism is a new field that has grown out of traditional print photojournalism, slideshows that combine sound and pictures, public radio, documentary filmmaking and the best of television news features. This amalgam of traditions has emerged to serve the Internet's voracious appetite for video stories.

Videojournalism is written for the new generation of "backpack" journalists. The solo videojournalist must find a riveting story; gain access to charismatic characters who can tell their own tales; shoot candid clips; expertly interview the players; record clear, clean sound; write a script with pizzazz; and, finally, edit the material into a piece worthy of five minutes of a viewer's attention. Videojournalism addresses all of these challenges, and more - never losing sight of the main point: telling a great story.

This book, based on extensive interviews with professionals in the field, is for anyone learning how to master the art and craft of telling real short-form stories with words, sound and pictures for the Web or television. The opening chapters cover the foundations of multimedia storytelling, and the book progresses to the techniques required to shoot professional video, and record high quality sound and market the resulting product.

Website;
Videojournalism also has its own website - go to just one URL and find all the stories mentioned in the book. You also will find various "how-to” videos on the site. To keep up with the latest changes in the field such as new cameras, new books, new stories or editing software, check the site regularly and "like" www.facebook.com/KobreGuide.

. Written by the highly regarded Photojournalism author, teacher and journalist Ken Kobre
. Robust companion web site includes examples of the best web journalism; interviews with the leading practitioners; video tutorials that visually demonstrate not only technical aspects of shooting, audio, and editing, but also illustrate how to construct sequences and scenes
. Covers the fundamental and enduring principals of JOURNALISM -- reporting, interviewing, writing, editing, and storytelling -- that will serve students well not only in producing quality videojournalism, but also throughout their careers -- despite the rapidly changing technology scene
. Full-color and highly visual approach

REVIEW:

If you have a story you would like to turn into video, this book is for you. It not only walks you through the process of shooting good video -- but it helps you to select the story based on what will be of more interest to your viewer. Anyone can shoot video, but few actually capture the story behind the moving pictures. Do you capture the "story of the day" or do you go for the more unusual event? Will the story be more meaningful from a first-person point of view or from afar?

Doing the ground work on putting a video together is THE most important part of video journalism. People will want to learn your story -- not because you have pretty pictures -- but because your story is more compelling. You make it compelling by inserting your point of view or finding the most unique aspect of the story and making it the focus of attention.

Don't get me wrong, there are some fantastic segments on what will make your video good. Kobre dissects all the aspects of video journalism -- from finding a story, shooting the video, writing the script, conducting interviews and making sure you have the legal end of things tied up so that you can market your story.

This is a wonderful resource for any journalist who wants to show AND tell their story.

Other reviews:
http://www.indiewire.com/article/ken-kobres-advice-on-conducting-interviews

Filmcraft - Directing

FilmCraft: Directing

Publication date: June 8, 2012
ISBN-10: 024081858X | ISBN-13: 978-0240818580 | Edition: 1

Book description:

Ultimately responsible for the creative content on screen, directors are the captains of the ship on every film. All actors and heads of department report to them. Some directors are also writers, employing unique styles of dialogue.

Others, like Pedro Almodóvar, create inimitable visual and tonal styles that set their films apart from the crowd. Unlike the other volumes in the series, Directing covers all disciplines of film art that pass through the director's hands, from development and writing, to working with actors, designers and cinematographers, to post-production and distribution.

Discussions with the world's most notable filmmakers, giving insights into professional practice, working relationships, and influences
Sidebars featuring practical advice on topics that filmmakers can apply to their own work
Interview-based format with perspectives from the greats appeals to non-practitioner film lovers

REVIEW:

For those of you interested in creating video -- or if you have just wondered what a director does when making a film, this book is for you. This wonderfully detailed book provides you with pictures and insights into the wonderful world of film making. It introduces you to some of the pioneers in directing and gives you information on how they go about doing what they do. Included in the book are John Ford, Clint Eastwood, Ingmar Bergman, Alfred Hitchock and many, many more.
The introduction states:
The FilmCraft series is designed to explore each of the film crafts through interviews with some of their greatest practitioners, and the first books in the collection, Cinematography, Editing, and Costume Design, have done just that.

This book is perfect for the movie historian as well as the viewer. You can pick it up at any point and just start reading to discover how each individual approached a project. In addition, the photos included are awesome and add so much to the context of the book.

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