Television Field Production and Reporting provides a comprehensive introduction to the art of video storytelling. Endorsed by the National Press Photographers Association, this book focuses on the many techniques and tools available in today’s digital landscape, including how drones and miniaturized technology can enrich the storytelling process. The new edition of Television Field Production and Reporting is an absolute must in this visually oriented, rapidly changing field. At its core, visual storytelling helps transmit information, expose people to one another, and capture and communicate a sense of experience in unforgettable ways. This edition reflects, through practitioners' eyes, how to achieve those goals and excel as a professional, whatever the medium at hand, even as changing technology revises the storyteller’s toolkit. This edition emphasizes digital and emerging media, and includes new color photography relevant to contemporary visual storytelling and reporting. It also features important updates regarding digital media law which affect anyone who records and/or disseminates digital media content, whether in private, on television, the web, via social networking sites, or in commercial venues.
The seventh edition of Television Field Production and Reporting stresses the mastery of innovative storytelling practices in video programming as far ranging as electronic press kits, multi-camera production, stylized programs, corporate video, raw documentaries, and real time cinéma vérité.
"John Larson’s passion for telling stories that matter finds the heart-pounding dramas in the lives we too often don’t notice."
Andrew Lehren, New York Times
It's true that some people are born storytellers, while others practice and study ceaselessly to improve their work. John Larson is a rare combination of the two.
"I watched his storytelling for more than 30 years. It started good and then got better. Even more amazingly, he can tell you how to make that happen."
Howard Weaver, two-time Pulitzer Prize Winner, McClatchy
"I would argue that John Larson is the Tom Hanks or Denzel Washington of TV journalism. He is not a one hit wonder, or even a one-decade wonder. His body of excellent work stretches more than 30 years. I can count on one hand a list of whom I consider to be his peers, and have a couple of fingers left unused."
Al Tompkins, Senior Faculty, Poynter Institute, USA
"This is a must-read in my classes! The writing is clear and conversational and captures the essence of strong visual storytelling, being prepared and curious. The lessons in this book transcend the classroom and this text has become the bible for doing it right."
-Jerry Gibbs, Curry College, USA
Journalists have important stories to tell. Stories that can provide a check and a balance to those in power, bring to light societal wrongs, and empower citizens to feel as if they are a part of the process. Television Field Production and Reporting brings together best practices for budding broadcast journalists, and teaches them how to make their stories sing with strong visuals and words.
- Ann Strahle, Associate Professor, University of Illinois Springfield, USA
About the Authors
CHAPTER 1-Telling the Visual Story
CHAPTER 2-Planning and Shooting the Story
CHAPTER 3-Visual Grammar
CHAPTER 4-Video Editing: The Invisible Art
CHAPTER 5-Shooting Video in the Field
CHAPTER 6-Writing with Light
CHAPTER 7 -The Sound Track
CHAPTER 8-The Video Interview
CHAPTER 9-Writing the Package
CHAPTER 10-Write Like a Storyteller
CHAPTER 11-Producing the Story Minute by Minute
CHAPTER 12-How to Improve Your Storytelling Ability
CHAPTER 13-Improving On-Camera and Voice-Over Performance
CHAPTER 14-Digital Media Law
CHAPTER 15-Ethics: Defining Your Contract With Viewers