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How to Film a Revolution (a tutorial)

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As any peaceful revolution unfolds, the outgoing state deploys brute force to create scenes of violence. This violence, in turn, prolongs the need for the outgoing state to provide security to the public. It is a vicious cycle used by tyrants, and their replacements, to prolong their hold on power. But some times, a single video or photo can steer the public away from this vicious cycle. And who captures this? Rarely the mainstream media, they are too big and too slow. No, it is you, the camera-bearing citizen. We live in a world where the people capture and distribute visual proof directly back to the people. There is no more middle man issuing us half truths. Think about it: In Egypt, after the state-media failed to sedate the masses, Mubarak tried to shut down the internet, but couldn't afford shutting down the whole economy. Within days, social media was flooded with thousands of videos and images from the people's cameras, so powerful they toppled the 30 year tyrant in 18 days. Or at the Zuccotti Park eviction, the NYPD locked out the mainstream media a block and a half away, but the people being evicted inside filmed the whole thing. If you want to join these brave shooters and improve your skills, watch this video, where we'll show you how to film a revolution. You have 2 types of scenes in a revolution: Peaceful and Violent. Peaceful scenes include civil disobedience, flash mobs, demonstrations, strikes, and so on. As long as they're peaceful, film how you want, whatever you want, there really are no limits. Soon however, police violence will overrun peaceful protests, and you must now film safely and strategically. 5 Important rules to remember: #1 CALL OUT FOR CAMERAS: Get more people over, the more the merrier. "Cameras!" #2 DO NOT FILM VERTICALLY: This is self-explanatory and super frustrating for editors. #3 KEEP YOUR DISTANCE: You can't film if you are injured, or you break your camera. #4 PROTECT YOURSELF: Watch out for advanced weapons, including chemical pepper-spray, toxic tear gas, phosphor flash grenades, rubber bullets, wooden batons, sound cannons, and raging horses. #5 STAND UP FOR YOUR RIGHTS. "I refuse to keep walking." "It's not legal for the press to be yelled at by police." Other times, you will arrive at the scene with fellow shooters, so get multi-cam coverage. Here are 3 formations you can execute, varying in difficulty. Number 1: The fan formation. If the action is surrounding you, stand together, back-to-back, and film outwards in a fan formation. This will maintain your integrity as a unit, within the surrounding chaos. Be conservative with your angles, since you may be the only one filming in that direction. Number 2: The surround formation. If the action is in one spot, fan out around it. Don't go too far or you may get split up. Be creative with your angles, since there are many of you with overlapping coverage. Number 3: The V formation. This is the most risky. If a courageous shooter goes for a crucial close-up shot, trail behind, with some distance, covering his flanks in a V formation. Film him, and you protect him, from police because they dont want to be embarassed by some online viral video. Pull him out of the chaos, should he be sucked in. If he is taken out, replace him, or back up the braver one who does. These are just a few ideas. The most important point is to think as a single unit, not a group of individual shooters. Watch each other's backs first, and camera angles second. Remember, safety first. For editing, before making a master piece, post a low resolution raw video online for the public account. This should be done as soon as possible. Include the FILMING DATE, LOCATION, and EVENT, in the video name. Make it creative commons (CC) so others can duplicate it, making it impossible to take offline. And that wraps up this tutorial. Remember that during a peaceful revolution, every video frame of state violence helps the peaceful. Day by day, our gaze will expands over their plans, tactics, and mistakes. We are in the meetings, classrooms, barracks, parks, ready to record any abuse of power. Meeting Orwell's challenge. Big Brother, we are watching you. Support and follow the indy film series: Occupythemovie.org A tutorial by Corey Ogilvie. Dedicated to the citizen journalist.

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Duration: 4 minutes and 58 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Director: Corey Ogilvie
Views: 91
Posted by: granodearenal on Dec 29, 2011

An introductory tutorial for aspiring citizen journalists to consider before next entering the field. You are needed more than ever, to bring the people direct truth, taking out the middle man in the archaic mainstream media.

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