As filmmakers we’re all storytellers — trying to tell stories we hope will make an impact on the world.
But in the age of fake news, ‘truthyism’, and one-sided agenda-driven journalism, how can we craft compelling stories with integrity, that people will actually want to watch?
That’s the question I put to veteran FRONTLINE editor Steve Audette, ACE, one rainy night in a hotel bar in London,…
There are three short film competitions to watch out for each year and two of them hail from this part of the planet, The Antipodes. Two are current, RØDE Microphones‘ My Røde Reel and Zacuto‘s My Story Film Competition, with the latter closing acceptance of entries on 31st March and the former closing entries acceptance on 30th June.
New Zealand colour grading software maker FilmConvert‘s Color Up Competition is in between seasons right now, as it were, with 2017’s coming later in the year. Time flies so I am sharing details here so you can be ready for when comp time comes around.
RØDE Microphone’s My RØDE Reel
All three competitions come with great lists of attractive movie-industry prizes and sponsors, with RØDE Microphones stating that My RØDE Reel, now in its fourth year, “is the world’s largest short film competition”.
My RØDE Reel is also notable in that it offers a special Female Filmmaker award that is “selected by the judging panel, [and] is designed to encourage and celebrate women in the film community.”
I will leave it up to the three companies to share the details about each competition as only they can so if you wish to know more, please click on the links embedded in the text above or the links below.
- FilmConvert – FilmConvert Color Up Competition
- RØDE Microphones – My RØDE Reel 2017
- Zacuto USA – My Story Film Competition
Header image concept and design by Carmel D. Morris.
Two recent articles at The New York Times – access is paywalled but 10 articles per month are free – provide two differing points of view about the current and future state of the profession of photojournalism in the United States at least.
In the NYT‘s Lens: Photography, Video and Visual Journalism section, Lens Co-Editor James Estrin discusses photojournalism’s future with longtime news photographer and NPPA editor Donald R. Winslow at The Uncertain Future of Photojournalism.
Several days after that article was published, young female NYT photographer and video journalist Leslye Davis had a follow-up conversation about the same subject with James Estrin, Photojournalism’s Uncertain Future? She Begs to Differ.
- Kenneth Jarecke – Speaking for the Man
- Photo Business News & Forum – NYT’s Leslye Davis and Her Alternative Facts about Photojournalism’s Future
- The New York Times – Journalism That Stands Apart: The Report of the 2020 Group, January 2017
David Burnett has always been something of a rarity amongst photojournalists, unafraid of radically varying his way of seeing and photographing as the subject matter demands in order for a great story to be told.
His avoidance of cliché and technical perfection at the expense of that story is refreshing. There is no one single archetypal David Burnett image – instead there is a range of them and he is always experimenting, learning and growing.
Mr Burnett’s willingness to try out new things may well be the product of a freelance way of life, always needing to produce something different from what the staffers and longterm contractors come up with.
Only one thing is predictable about his photographs, that they will be emotionally engaging and graphically precise, and that they will tell a story alone or in context.
That precision and engagement are revealed in conversation and doubtless in his teaching. Seize any chance you can to speak with him, listen to his insights and especially take part in one of his photography workshops like The Creative Eye with David Burnett, details below.
Vignette Creative – The story on Story – David Burnett – Pt 1
Vignette Creative – The story on Story – David Burnett – Pt 2
This project, Untitled: Stories of Creativity, Innovation, Success, is intended to tell those stories via photo essays and short documentary movies.
While in the pre-production phase, though, I discovered that many potential story subjects are unfamiliar with the photo essay or photo story concept. I didn’t find much about photo essays online, or at least in one place, so have compiled my own About page defining the photo essay form of photography, with plenty of useful links.