Creating Content for Online TV
Notes taken at the time in IRC #Transmission
Discussion about whether we should talk about how to create meaningful content or we should talk about training and giving people the ability to create good content.
12:53 < harcesz> Undercurrents have a large experience of this, RaFilm have some kind of a training, and some workshops.
12:53 < harcesz> Stim talks about his project and about the need to link the content of your homepage.
12:53 < harcesz> It's important to mark a difference between videoactivism and ordinary media. Undercurrents have made 11? rules of videoactivism. A lot of the work is about sorting out that we really are doing the right thing, that the video actually speaks to the audience and i done with the right perspectve. Treat your interviewees just as well as somebody would have aproached a politician. Keep in mind that we
12:53 < harcesz> 're NOT doing ordinary TV and therefore we don't need to do what TV does. Think about the physical position as well as the political.
12:53 < harcesz> Dicussion about demonstrations material...
12:53 < harcesz> They're boring if you do not cut them in a fun way. If you have the demo put it into a story. Demos makes videoactivism look static, unless you find new ways of presenteing it. 2 purposes; bossting your selfateem, the groups engagemnet, and for a broader audience.
12:53 < harcesz> Problem of people filming everything without selection. It's important to try to get quality instead of quantity.
12:54 < harcesz> videoactivisms Multiple roles;
12:55 < harcesz> ---- part of last lecture transcribed by one of charming swedish activists and the end part by me----
12:57 < harcesz> -- going now --
12:57 < harcesz> as a witness, as evidence
12:57 < harcesz> therefore it's not always important to think about the film before filming
12:57 < harcesz> decide before shooting you go what you want to do, if you want to show the demonstrators or only police
12:57 < harcesz> Back to content;
12:57 < harcesz> How to do? Give people some kind of structures to work along so that they actually finish what they do. Otherwise we'll do to much. With these restrictions you get to know that they get to try every link in the process. Problem of people not doing any more films once they've done the one in your workshop.
12:57 < harcesz> Problem of;
12:57 < harcesz> making it worthwile by getting people watching, making it possible by getting people produce
12:57 < harcesz> Short clips are sometimes much more efficient than longer videos that take a long time to edit. It's about telling the story to get people to watch.
12:57 < harcesz> How do we communicate the filming-rules in a fast way without loosing the interest of the material? 5 shots needed, use still shots. Try not to do what ordinary TV does, try not to copy, but turn it into yor own thing - ake it a little bit different. Define, be conscious about what you want to do. TV should be respected because it's a mass medium. They've managed to make it watchable. We should take elements off TV, watch films and see how they're built-up and learn from them. How do we get across the message of the journalistic skills, how we get good answers. Self-analysis may be a way. Doing a video and then analyse what you got. Everybody understand TV/film language, but it's hard to replicate it.
12:58 < harcesz> What happens when people upload material that you can reedit? we have to watch out not to turn ppl to dislike CC
12:58 < harcesz> filming script/storybord of the film to comprere your and authors way of filming
12:58 < harcesz> how to make longer stuff?
12:58 < harcesz> think before u do don't get everything in there, we have to get a certain level of quality, other wise ppl wont want to see it,
12:58 < harcesz> maybe theres one thing important - its as easy to take the camera, point it and its funny, but before that theres a lot of borring stuff, that i think we should avoid, you can go to a 5-6 years school that it will learn you how to do it...
12:58 < harcesz> yo have to edit it, it inspires to to edit egain, the payback is in the end product
12:58 < harcesz> more ppl have camcorder, and the quaility of vids is going down, becouse before only traind ppl had acces to them
12:58 < harcesz> training is important becouse you can fail, and to it again, and the be ready
12:58 < harcesz> deadline might be the thing that we are lacking, it forces you to do something
12:58 < harcesz> learning is important, a lot of ppl went to school to learn that for few years, and were still learning after school, but mostly we got half of a day,
12:58 < harcesz> we split up our workshop - theoretic one (audience, how to make it) and after that we go to practical, we train them later, or we give them materials to learn from
12:58 < harcesz> we care about more about the subject, or about the film that were making, thats what mainstream lacs, maybe we can build on that
12:58 < harcesz> --end of lecture ---
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