Video for Change: A Guide for Advocacy and Activism

Video for Change: A Guide for Advocacy and Activism

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Edited by Sam Gregory, Edited by Gillian Caldwell, Edited by Ronit Avni, Edited by Thomas Harding, Edited by Witness, Foreword by Peter Gabriel

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  • Publisher: PLUTO PRESS
  • Format: Paperback | 344 pages
  • Dimensions: 135mm x 215mm x 23mm | 435g
  • Publication date: 14 October 2005
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0745324126
  • ISBN 13: 9780745324128
  • Illustrations note: 24 b&w photographs 1 figure
  • Sales rank: 1,027,666

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--This is the first ever comprehensive practical guide to human rights and video campaigning-- Pictures from Abu Ghraib showed the power of the amateur image to grab the world's attention. The Asian tsunami, caught on camcorder, brought home the reality of what had happened more than any news report ever could. Around the world the increasing availability and affordability of technology has fuelled the world of social justice video activism. Film-making -- at its best -- has the power to change the way people think, and create real social change, and now the tools to do it are more accessible than ever before. This book shows how activists and human rights campaigners can harness the power of images and stories for their own purposes -- it's a step-by-step guide to the handicam revolution. Written by leading video activists, and staff of the world-renowned human rights organization WITNESS, this practical handbook will appeal to experienced campaigners as well as aspiring video activists. It combines a comprehensive analysis of what's going on in this growing global field with a how-to primer to doing it yourself. Video for Change is packed with real-life stories from the fray, how-to guidance, and easy-to-use exercises. Clear and accessible, it provides a crash course in the basics of social justice video documentation and advocacy. The authors cover every aspect of filmmaking from technical guidance to strategic and ethical issues, making it indispensable for both amateur and professional filmmakers. Readers are shown how to plan, film, edit and distribute; they are shown how to adopt an effective strategy so that their video makes a difference. The book is unique in that it also covers the practical ethics and responsibilities of social justice video-work and offers a global range of real-life stories to learn from. The Preface is by WITNESS founder Peter Gabriel. "IT'S THE RARE IMAGE THAT CAN REALLY GRAB HOLD OF OUR INSIDES AND SAY, 'I GOT YOU AND YOU'LL NEVER BE THE SAME AGAIN'." Tim Robbins, Actor, Director, and WITNESS Advisory Committee member * First ever guide to using video in human rights and campaign work * Features a range of leading experts in the field * Covers both technical know-how and strategic reasons for using video * Real-life stories from a range of countries * Preface by Peter Gabriel

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Author information

Sam Gregory (WITNESS) Gillian Caldwell (producer - 'Bought and Sold' & Executive Director - WITNESS) Ronit Avni (Just Vision Project). Thomas Harding is the co-founder of Undercurrents, Britain's first video news service. He is a leading voice in international video activism and has written for the Independent, Guardian, New Statesman and New Internationalist. Thomas Harding is a leading voice in international video activism and has worked with fellow activists and taught courses on the potential of the new electronic media in the hands of activists, protesters and concerned citizens worldwide. WITNESS has partnered with groups in more than 60 countries, bringing often unseen images & untold stories to the attention of key decision makers, the media & the general public.

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It's the rare image that can really grab hold of our insides and say, 'I got you and you'll never be the same again. -- Tim Robbins, Actor, Director, and WITNESS Advisory Committee member WITNESS doesn't just use video to expose human rights abuses for the world. It taps local heart and initiative and empowers those who know their countries best. WITNESS is both deferential to local wisdom and relentless in promoting the extraordinary findings of its partners. It is an indispensable organization. -- Samantha Power, Pulitzer Prize winning author of A Problem From Hell: America and the Age of Genocide and lecturer at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government This step by step guide to the handicam revolution is the first comprehensive practical guide to human rights and video campaigning. Written by leading video activists, and staff of the human rights organisation, Witness, it is packed with 'how to' guidance, and easy to use exercises. Clear and accessible, it provides a crash course in the basics of social justice video documentation and advocacy. The authors cover all aspects of film making from technical to strategic and ethical issues. Readers are shown how to plan, film, edit and distribute. The Preface is by Witness founder Peter Gabriel. -- Festival Eye Safety is crucial. Not just of the film crew, but also of those being filmed. Depending on the context, the camera can be seen as either a shield or a target. Whether you are in Mexico or Edinburgh, theft, violence or downright fear of exposure can lead people to do extreme things. The US not-for-profit group, Witness, has published Video for Change (Pluto Press). It offers a comprehensive guide to video making, as well as highlighting the need for safety and a clear understanding of the dangers involved. -- Suzanne Fane-Saunders, Red Pepper

Table of contents

Foreword by Peter Gabriel Acknowledgements Introduction 1. Using Video for Advocacy by Gillian Caldwell 2. Safety and Security by Katerina Cizek 3. Storytelling for Advocacy: Conceptualization and Pre-Production by Katerina Cizek 4. Video Production: Filming a Story by Joanna Duchesne with Liz Miller 5. Editing for Advocacy by Katerina Cizek 6. Video as Evidence by Sukanya Pillay 7 Strategic Distribution: Reaching Key Audiences in Innovative Ways by Thomas Harding Glossary of Terms Resource List Notes on Authors Appendices I.Witness Video Action Plan II. Witness Footage and Tape Description III. Sample Personal Release Form (Short-Form) IV. Sample Personal Consent and Release (Long-Form) V. Preproduction and Production Checklist VI. Script Formatting for Video Documentary VII. Costing-Out Your Video Distribution Strategy Index