Gamma Going Away

From Reuters: France’s Gamma photo agency on brink of collapse Tue Jul 28, 2009 By Laure Bretton PARIS (Reuters)

French photo agency Gamma, which rose to fame documenting the May 1968 uprising in Paris and the Vietnam War, said Tuesday its survival was in doubt, the latest victim of a crisis hurting traditional media. Read more

Zach Wise’s Newest Multimedia Shines

Devil's Golf Course

Zach Wise is currently a multimedia producer for the New York Times. Before going to the Times, he was the senior multimedia producer for the Las Vegas Sun. Before he left the Sun he finished this great multimedia piece on Nevada’s water woes. Great navigation, interactive elements throughout and great reporting are all part of this report. Click on the image above or go to the story, and then read about how Zach put it all together.

2 Week Documentary Workshop in The Mississippi Delta

From Chandler Griffin:

2 Week Documentary Workshop in The Mississippi Delta
Start Date:  February 15th, 2009

This 2-week DV workshop is designed for photojournalists who are looking to make the move to videojournalism and the web, new documentary filmmakers who want to launch their careers in web and television documentaries and for those with experience in some aspects of filmmaking that are looking to expand their skill, understanding and mastery of the whole process.  Producers, cinematographers, editors and writers with narrative experience who are considering working in non-fiction filmmaking are also encouraged to enroll.

Students will learn all aspects of the process including the importance of the still image, DV camera, compact lighting methods, field sound, field editing and how to weave the story.  To view an extended version of the course description, visit our website at

Link to last year’s videos:

This is one of many workshops that Barefoot will be running in 2009.  In addition to the Mississippi Delta, check out our website to learn more about our workshops in Africa and how you can participate.

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Tuition: $2,250.00 (includes tuition, housing and food)

Past Equipment Sponsors:  Apple, Canon, Tekserve, Bogen, Gitzo, Kata, Tiffen, Sennheiser, Anton Bauer, Lowel, D&M Professional

Barefoot Workshops is a New York City-based not-for-profit 501(c)3, founded by Chandler Griffin in 2004, that offers short, intensive workshops around the world in narrative and documentary filmmaking. We assist organizations and individuals to use media, music and the arts, to accelerate progress and program goals in areas such as cancer, HIV/AIDS, conflict resolution, resettlement, youth empowerment, civil rights, and democracy building. We have worked with partners as diverse as UNESCO, Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation, The U.S. State Department and The Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI), to pioneer new formats and “media templates” that reinforce citizen-led, community-owned solutions to these challenges.

The main goal of Barefoot Workshops is to equip students with the knowledge and confidence to use sophisticated equipment while having a foundation that allows a person to create beautiful images regardless of the tools. At Barefoot, growing and learning as a filmmaker means growing and learning as an individual.

Multimedia Reporting and Convergence Workshop

Fellowship applications are now being accepted for a Multimedia Reporting and Convergence Workshop for January 11-16, 2009 and March 22-27, 2009, at The Knight Digital Media Center at the University of California, Berkeley.

It is a week-long training sessions for mid-career journalists wishing to advance their multimedia skills. The workshops combine instruction in multimedia storytelling and hands-on multimedia news production. There are a total of 40 fellowship positions available (20 per workshop) for the sessions being offered in January and March 2008. Applicants may apply to one or both workshops. Applicants are encouraged to apply for multiple workshops to increase their chances of being accepted into one of them. COMPLETED APPLICATIONS FOR BOTH WORKSHOPS MUST BE RECEIVED BY NOVEMBER 14, 2008.

The fellowship covers all lodging, meals and instruction costs. Cost of travel to the workshop must be paid by the applicant’s news organization. An online application form and instructions are available at:

James Nachtwey Releases Latest Story: XDRTB

James Nachtwey, one of the greatest living photojournalists today, just released this story as part of an effort to spread the word on XDRTB through TED. For more information go to the XDRTB website.

Vincent Laforet: “Reverie” Canon EOS 5D Mark II Video

At long last, even though it’s been only a few days, here is the video from Vincent Laforet that was shot entirely on the new Canon EOS 5D Mark II. The footage was not enhanced in any way and was dropped into Final Cut for editing. This is the raw footage and it is nothing short of amazing. Check out Vincent’s Blog and a “Behind the Scenes” video clip.

New Sony HVRZ5U Tapeless HD Video Camera

Sony is coming out with the HVR-Z5U camcorder this December. It has native 24P recording and other professional features—all for less than $5,000—as well as tapeless recording capability through an optional CompactFlash adapter. There are few details yet but a few words from Sony are available:

“Professionals need features like balanced audio, XLR inputs, timecode and more,” said Bob Ott, vice president of professional audio and video products at Sony Electronics. “They also need access to technical resources to help them with issues like integrating with non-linear editing systems. This is where a professional solution like the HVR-Z5U is an appropriate choice.” The HVR-Z5U camcorder offers the addition of several features specifically designed for professional video production, such as progressive scan shooting at 1080/24P and 30P, DVCAM recording, timecode support and two XLR balanced audio inputs. Professionals can record the native 24P/30P signal on to the videotape used in the camcorder or to CompactFlash cards – simultaneously or separately – with the optional HVR-MRC1K recording unit. This unit attaches directly to the back of the camcorder, eliminates the need for cables and automatically synchronizes with the recording action of the camcorder. The recording unit can be directly attached to the new HVR-Z5U camera, as well as to Sony’s HVR-Z7U and HVR-S270U models. It will also work with other HDV camcorders using a supplied iLINK (IEEE-1394) cable and shoe adapter. The camcorder, and the HVR-MRC1K adapter will be compatible with Sony’s Professional 306x CompactFlash card. The recording times on an 8 and 16 GB CompactFlash card in HDV, DVCAM and DV format are approximately 36 and 72 minutes, respectively. The HVR-Z5U professional camera suggested list price is $4950. The HVR-MRC1K recording unit should be out in October for a suggested list price of $940.