Roll! Shells fly overhead as night-scopes capture deadly fire fights with an eerie green hue, a category 5 hurricane devastates the Big Easy, hidden cameras enter a Cambodian village of brothels and a veteran journalist interviews himself throughout his own brain surgery. Part non-fiction drama, part trade publication, part text book, all woven together giving the reader a look through the viewfinders of the very best television photojournalists.
As 19 experts weigh in with their candid, personal stories and photographic tips, it's as if you're over their shoulders, following their intuitions and hearing their thoughts as they shoot. The trade term for what they do is called ENG (Electronic News Gathering) and whether they're called Cameramen, Backpack Journalists, Television Photographers or any other moniker de jour, they're all paid to bring the world's events into living rooms around the world. These are the men and women who capture the bleeding edge of history - as it happens.
Written in a smooth, unique interview style, this book is a necessary read for photojournalists, videographers and tv photojournalists.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: The History of Television Photojournalism - From the Beginning
Chapter 2: John DeTarsio, A Storyteller's Story
Take 2: Storytelling
Chapter 3: Larry Hatteberg, The Chain Of Command
Chapter 4: Eric Kehe, The Photographic Department - People and Equipment
Take 2: The Language of Lenses
Chapter 5: Stephen Hooker, Camera Techniques for Spot News
Take 2: The Shot & Motion
Chapter 6: Christian Parkinson, General News - From Kings to Commoners
Chapter 7: Ray Farkas: Interviews - Talking Heads and Voyeurism
Take 2: Composition
Chapter 8: Corky Scholl, Feature Stories, B-Roll, Sequencing and Great Moments
Chapter 9: Lisa Berglund, Truth and Filmmaking, Objective and Subjective Camerawork.
Chapter 10: Ian Pearson, Legalities and Ethics - Do the Right Thing
Chapter 11: Mitchell Wagenberg, Covert Camera - The Fangs of the Fourth Estate
Chapter 12: Heidi McGuire, The One - Woman - Band
Chapter 13: Greg Stickney, Live - What TV News Does Best
Chapter 14: Sam Allen, Get Into the Game - Athletic Photography
Chapter 15: Brian Weister, Editing - A Cut Above
Chapter 16: Mike Elwell: Embed - War Coverage
Chapter 17: Bart Noonan, World Coverage - From the Top Down
Chapter 18: David Hands, Freelancing in TV News
Chapter 19: Rustin Thompson, From News to Independent Documentaries
Chapter 20: Kevin Sites, The Future of Journalism
Appendix A Video Formats
Appendix B Setting Up a Video Monitor
Appendix C More on Lighting
Appendix D RCFP First Amendment Handbook (brief outline)
Appendix E RTNDA Code of Ethics
Appendix F NPPA Code of Ethics
Appendix G Sound
The only quibble I have with this excellent work is the title. This advice from some of the most outstanding video photojournalists in the industry is just as useful to the hundreds of former still photographers who now are moving into the video world and posting their work online. Roll! goes way behind theory to the The micro- specificshighlighter of how the best photojournalists do their work.
If you want to know the best lights, best microphones best tripod to use-it is in there. If you want to understand depth of field, motion and shot composition-it is in there. I have been around TV news for more than 30 years and found myself scribbling the pages with my highlighter pen so I could come back to Rich Underwood's advice again and again. This book is a winner.
Author, teacher, journalist
The Poynter Institute
St Petersburg, Florida
"The book is both a celebration of top-class news-based camerawork and an excellent primer on the logistics and practicalities of shooting news stories while maintaining high production values. Overall, the book is well structured, informative, and extremely well written, capturing the emotions as well as the technicalities, both on and off-camera, involved in getting the story from camera to screen."
Guild of Television Cameramen