Check out Jessica Dimmock and Stephanie Sinclair’s Too Young to Wed: Destaye, a short film that examines a young girl’s journey as a child bride in Ethiopia. Dimmock is an example of how a photographer can successfully transition into video.
The reality for most photojournalists is that a majority of their work is video or multimedia. If you’re a still photographer just moving to video, we have a list of tips from pros Ed Kashi, Ron Haviv and Jessica Dimmock, to help ease the transition. (more…)
A week after graduating from Columbia Journalism School, David P. Alexander made his way into a Cambodian jungle to shoot a story about illegal poaching for an non-governmental organization (NGO). Though he was not there for a traditional news outlet, he was doing exactly what he wanted to do: he was producing compelling videos about important subjects. (more…)
It's present season! Are you wondering what to buy your camera-hugger this year? CV is here to help with gift ideas at all price points, from silly stuff to no-nonsense gear. (And yes, we're sending this list to our loved ones, too.)
While there are many guidelines for writing a print pitch, it seems like information on pitching video stories is scarce. We spoke to video editors from several publications to figure out what makes a strong video pitch.
In October of 2012, Mo Scarpelli and Alexandria Bombach travelled to Kabul thinking they would make a short film about freedom of press (or lack thereof) in Afghanistan.
They were only there for two weeks, but “The story blew up in our faces,” said Scarpelli. What they saw was an emerging free press in the war-torn country, and a handful of Afghan journalists behind it. (more…)
Director Eugene Jarecki has been mulling over the issues of mass incarceration, the war on drugs, and prejudices in the American legal system for years. His 2012 documentary, "The House I Live In," brings these elements together to take a hard look at what's blocking black progress in America.
Lauren Betesh, CUJ '13, was new to video when she started at the journalism school last fall. By the end of the year, she had produced (and has now published) a poignant documentary on autism and the difficulty of finding housing for autistic adults. The most inspiring part? She did it by herself.
Columbia J-School alums Alexander Hotz and Kristofer Ríos recently published a story about Puerto Rico’s drug addicts, a hugely ignored public health crisis on the island. The team spoke to Columbia Visuals about their process: from finding the story to teaming up, and getting it published. (more…)