not allowed to film.
"Because I said so", his finger now on the trigger of
a MP sub-machine gun.
The risk was worth taking - to carry on filming, but not before
a tense stand off and the decision to lend support to one of the
"Here give me the camera", I barked.
"That NCO will not let us film.
Finally he relented, we shook hands. "Ok no faces", he
said. "That's a deal", I acknowledged.
The location, somewhere in Denmark; the situation, an evacuation
procedure with Spanish Special Forces; the scenario, a Nato excercise;
the point, videojournalism isn't everyone's bag.
The first thing you
need as a videojournalist is the knack thinking on your feet. The
second thing, a respect of risks - most times you'll be working
on your own.
The art of videojournalism can be easily taught ie. composition,
narrative, shooting to edit etc.
What's more challenging are your personal traits e.g. zeal, confidence,
Because there's nothing intrinsically difficult about videojournalism.
It's a one-stop-shop for film making, a product of its time.
Everyone does it to some degree, whether on holiday filming those
beach poses or as a citizen journalism capturing that local accident