FUJIFILM X Series: X-T4: “Photography in Motion” Jack Picone, directed by Fujifilm X-Series Ambassador Megan Lewis

X-Photographer Jack Picone from Australia travels with the X-T4 and documents the life in Nepal and the beliefs that the Nepalese follow.

Fujifilm X-T4 with Fujinon XF 16-80mm f/4.0 R OIS WR zoom lens. Not a bad combination for available light or available darkness documentary photography or photojournalism, if you don’t mind the DSLR form factor as opposed to the X-Pro3’s more unobtrusive rangefinder style.

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Fujifilm USA Creates ‘Create Forever’ Free Storytelling Workshops and Video Tutorials Campaign in Collaboration with Muse Storytelling

This is the first time I have covered what is essentially a marketing campaign for a camera maker but  have done so because Fujifilm USA’s ‘Create Forever’ tutorial videos and free storytelling workshops offer more than mere marketing bumf about Fujifilm’s in-body image stabilization-equipped GFX 100 medium format hybrid stills and video camera. 

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ALPA XO Exoskeleton aka camera cage for Fujifilm GFX 100 medium format camera, for use in shooting video.

“Fujifilm’s driving force behind the Create Forever campaign is to encourage creators to go forth in the pursuit of making something that matters to them. In order to equip creators with all of the possible tools to tell authentic stories, Fujifilm partnered with Muse Storytelling to develop a series of tutorials that teaches viewers about the marquee elements of the Muse Storytelling Process that helped to tell the stories featured in the series.”

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  • Fujifilm X USACreate Forever – campaign microsite
  • FUJIFILM Cameras North AmericaWhy we chose to make Create Forever – video – “The Create Forever content series is a celebration of storytelling. It’s a celebration of being in the moment, doing what you love, and building a legacy that will be enjoyed by generations to come. We want to inspire you to tell your story, teach you how best to tell it, and provide you with a stage to share it from.”
  • FUJIFILM Cameras North AmericaCreate Forever with Alison Conklin – video – “Alison Conklin is a professional wedding and editorial photographer who has spent her career chasing a desire to document genuine moments that feature real people.”
  • FUJIFILM Cameras North AmericaCreate Forever Tutorial – Seeing People Better – video – “The tutorial, Seeing People Better, takes influence from Wedding Photographer Alison Conklin. The focus of the tutorial is to discuss how to truly “see” the people around you and what people mean to one another. The Create Forever team shares insights about how to closely pay attention, learn people’s stories and pick up on details that allow you to think differently about how you see someone.”
  • FUJIFILM Cameras North AmericaCreate Forever with Ira Glass – video – “Ira Glass is the host of one of America’s most loved radio shows and is widely considered as one of the most prolific story-tellers of our generation. He began his career in public radio back in 1978 and, while his roots are not in image-making, his message transcends all creative mediums and speaks to the creative spirit within us all.”
  • FUJIFILM Cameras North AmericaCreate Forever Tutorial – Developing Your Voice – video – “The tutorial, Developing Your Voice, is influenced by prolific storyteller Ira Glass. The focus of the tutorial is to give insights on how you develop the most important element of being a creative – your perspective, your intention and your why. The Create Forever team shares a keyword exercise that they go through for every project to set the intention at the onset of the project.”
  • FUJIFILM Cameras North AmericaCreate Forever with Susumu Minami and Tetsuro Aishida – video – “Fujifilm color specialist Susumu Minami lives and breathes color. Every place he visits and every picture he makes is another step forward in his pursuit of perfect reproduction…. Tetsuro Ashida has spent his career exploring the intricacies of sharpness and color theory, with the goal of creating an image quality that does justice to every photographer’s work, from amateurs right through to professionals.”
  • FUJIFILM Cameras North AmericaCreate Forever Tutorial – Why We Create – video – “The tutorial, Why We Create, is inspired by all of the amazing creatives in the Create Forever series. In this piece, we explore how to develop what you want your work to say. Patrick from the Create Forever team shares his why – well told stories can change the world and offers insights about how to define yours.”
  • FUJIFILM Cameras North AmericaGFX100 Product Sizzle – video
  • KickstarterALPA XO – The Exoskeleton for the Fujifilm GFX 100
  • Muse StorytellingHow we landed one of the most powerful campaigns I’ve ever been a part of – article
  • Muse StorytellingREVIEW: Why the new FUJIFILM GFX 100 medium format camera is a real innovation. – article
  • Muse StorytellingReview of the 100 Megapixel FUJIFILM GFX 100 for filmmakers – video – “We’re so pumped because the FUJIFILM GFX 100 has a MASSIVE medium format sensor (that’s 1.7x the Canon 5D) along with a super impressive in-body-image-stabilization. This means some amazing handheld options in such a small package. So much so that we shot this entire review handheld. Like macro shots, moving shots, the talking head interview portion–all of it handheld.”
  • This American Life – “Mostly we do journalism, but an entertaining kind of journalism that’s built around plot. In other words, stories! Our favorite sorts of stories have compelling people at the center of them, funny moments, big feelings, surprising plot twists, and interesting ideas. Like little movies for radio.”

BTS Instagram posts from Muse Storytelling

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Café Royal Books, Publishing Gems of the Golden Age of British Documentary Photography

When I and my then partner had control of the book-buying budget for an Australian  university art school where we studied and then taught some years ago, I kept a particular eye out for what I termed “project books”, that is, photo books dealing with a specific topic, theme or project over a short period of time.

I theorized that project books might be good learning tools for our students in the absence of photography exhibitions of any sort in that city’s galleries, a way of gaining insight into how photographers think, see and work.

Few such books actually turned up and most photo books that passed over our desks then could best be described as retrospective artist monographs collecting the work of a photographer over the course of their career or at least a large part of it.

By the time our contracts at the university were over and the old guard took back their power with a vengeance we had a remarkable collection of books of photography, books on photographers and on related topics as well as filmmaking, but there was a hole that I wished we could have filled.

Photo book publishing has changed since and I have been out of the book-buying loop since moving back to Sydney where far fewer photography books and magazines make it to our shores compared to when I was living in London and reviewing and buying books for myself,  the magazine I conceived and cofounded, and the top-rank creative advertising agency where I worked for a time.

I was happy, then, to recently make the acquaintance of a reasonably new photo book publisher in the form of Café Royal Books aka CRB via some Facebook posts by Ella Murtha on the work of her mother, the late Tish Murtha.

Tish was one of Magnum photographer David Hurn’s first students in the famous School of Documentary Photography founded in 1973 and located in Newport, Wales.

The School trained many documentary photographers and photojournalists and employed a number of great photographers as teachers.

The School was recently moved from Newport to the University of South Wales in Cardiff under the course directorship of Paul Reas and David Hurn continues to work on personal projects after leaving in 1987.

Craig Atkinson, publisher of Café Royal Books, concentrates on the work of British documentary photographers, much of which has been unjustly forgotten in the years since the golden age of documentary photography in the 1970s and 1980s, and names with which I had been familiar during Creative Camera magazine’s heyday have been turning up in CRB’s list.

Besides Tish Murtha there are David Hurn, Ron McCormick who was also a teacher at the same School, John Claridge, Jo Spence, Brian Griffin, Chris Killip, Homer Sykes, Bill Jay, Patrick Ward and a number of less familiar but no less worthy names.

CRB prices its books at £6.00 each and also sells them on a subscription basis, averaging one book a week and they are produced in very limited editions.

One priceless record of some the finest photography of our times for the cost of less than two cups of coffee is surely well worth the investment.

If you have the means, I strongly suggest subscribing.

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fcp.co: If High School Kids Can Do It, So Can You… The Apple Short Film Project Workflow Pt. 1

http://www.fcp.co/final-cut-pro/articles/2052-if-high-school-kids-can-do-it-so-can-you-the-apple-short-film-project-workflow-part-1

“Sam here. I’ve been waiting to write this article for a very long time, and it signals the beginning of something… and that is the beginning of complexity finally getting out of the way of high end filmmaking and truly making it accessible to everyone. We’re talking turning high end filmmaking into a teachable, repeatable process….

… There is a new world of content that is emerging and the paradigm shift from an ivory tower post production mentality where everything is complicated and no one knows how to communicate with each other is shifting to a model where anyone can make something that looks amazing if they take the time to become good at their craft. All you need is the right workflow, some affordable tools, a basic understand of storytelling and filmmaking fundamentals, and a willingness to learn….”

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RED Raven camera with Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art Lens for Canon EF mount.

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I laboured under the ivory tower postproduction mentality mentioned in the quote above as well as the cap-in-hand production finance paradigm that has ruled documentary moviemaking for what seems like an eternity and I can think of no systems in the creative sphere that can be as punitive and as brutal to storytellers.

I have experienced the worst of the system with the lowest of low points being the time when then Australian Prime Minister John Howard personally demanded my human rights documentary movie project that was about to be commissioned by the Australian Broadcasting Commission under its New Directors scheme be cancelled resulting in being blacklisted as a moviemaker.

I sincerely hope Australian expatriate Sam Mestman is correct about a coming major paradigm shift in the nature of independent documentary moviemaking, and I look forward to the rest of his four-part series of articles about the methods used by LA high school students and their advisers and assistants in the Apple Short Film Project.

Although the Apple Short Film Project was based around using RED Raven raw cinema cameras equipped with EF-mount Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art lenses, I hope that the workflow used in these short documentary projects will be adaptable to using more affordable cameras such as Panasonic’s Lumix DC-GH5 and GH5S hybrid Micro Four Thirds and media storage systems other than LumaForge’s reportedly excellent Jellyfish Tower.

I will post links to each article in the series as they appear.

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newmatilda.com: John Pilger On Why The Documentary Must Not Be Allowed To Die

https://newmatilda.com/2017/12/12/john-pilger-on-why-the-documentary-must-not-be-allowed-to-die/

“Breaking the silence and speaking truth to power is the job of the film-maker, writes John Pilger, something that’s perhaps needed more today than ever before….

… Whenever young documentary film-makers ask me how they can “make a difference”, I reply that it is really quite simple. They need to break the silence.”

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Filmmaker Magazine: Expert Tips for First-Time Documentary Filmmakers (Like Myself)

http://filmmakermagazine.com/99434-expert-tips-for-first-time-documentary-filmmakers-like-myself/

“Months ago, I got the crazy idea to write, produce and direct my first documentary. I wasn’t completely unrealistic — I knew enough to start small with a short, micro-budgetfilm. I also knew I could count on a supportive network of documentary filmmakers — including pros such as Doug Block, Marshall Curry, Laura Nix, Tracy Droz Tragos, Robert Greene, and others — to help guide me through the process. Later in this piece, I’ll share some of their invaluable wisdom. But first, here’s a bit about my film and my process so far….”

Lewis Bush: A Portrait to Flatter

https://witness.worldpressphoto.org/a-portrait-to-flatter-652a5f855dd2

“… As I waited, my eye was drawn to the rows of digital displays hanging throughout the departure lounge. Normally displaying advertisements and train departure times, instead these boards were illuminated with a series of photographic portraits.

This was part of Portrait of Britain, a collaboration between the British Journal of Photography and the digital billboard operator JCDeaux, who came together to display 100 portraits of contemporary Britons on digital signage across the country….”

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Fujifilm Global: FUJIFILM x Magnum Photos Collaborative Project “HOME”

http://www.fujifilm.com/news/n170907_09.html

“Fujifilm Corporation is collaborating with Magnum Photos on a major new project exploring the subject of “HOME”. An exhibition of the work will tour to seven cities around the world starting in March 2018, and be accompanied by a photobook.

15 Magnum Photographers will explore the theme of “HOME” for the project. Known for their wide range of approaches, Magnum Photos members produce documentary photography that encompasses art and photojournalism. Sharing the agency’s legacy for humanistic photography, associated with its founding in 1947, Magnum’s contemporary practitioners are united by a curiosity about the world. This project invites them to explore a universal subject familiar to us all.

“Home” is not only defined as a space for physical living. It holds various other associations that are emotional, biological, cultural and societal. These 15 photographers have been given an open brief to explore the subject through their own individual practices, the resulting work reflecting their personal take on a subject that we all record photographically….”

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Frame.io: HBO’s The Defiant Ones and the Trend of Editor As Writer

https://blog.frame.io/2017/08/21/editor-as-writer/

“The editor of a film or television show shapes the very core and fabric of the program in so many ways. Nowhere is this more prevalent than in documentary filmmaking.

But did you know that as a documentary filmmaker, even if you’re editing a documentary driven 100% by interviews and archival footage (i.e. there is no narration to script), you can lay a valid claim to the credit Writer?…

…To find out exactly how an editor can also be writer, I interviewed Doug Pray and Lasse Järvi, the two main editors who were also credited as writers on HBO’s hit documentary series “The Defiant Ones.”…”