Video for Change: A How-to Guide on Using Video in Advocacy and Activism

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Filmmaking-at its best-has the capacity to transform the way people think, and create real social change. 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 ...

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Overview

Filmmaking-at its best-has the capacity to transform the way people think, and create real social change. 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 advocates.

This is the only book to cover everything from technical guidance to strategic and ethical issues, making it indispensable for both amateur and professional filmmakers.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745324128
  • Publisher: Pluto Press
  • Publication date: 9/26/2005
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 10.81 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

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. Editors & contributors include Thomas Harding (author -The Video Activist Handbook), Gillian Caldwell (producer - ‘Bought and Sold’ & Executive Director - WITNESS), Katerina Cizek (producer -‘Seeing is Believing: Handicams, Human Rights & the News’), Sukanya Pillay (former Program Coord. WITNESS) & Joanna Duchesne (long-time producer - Amnesty International), Sam Gregory (WITNESS) & Ronit Avni (Just Vision Project).

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction
1 Using video for advocacy 1
2 Safety and security 20
3 Storytelling for advocacy : conceptualization and preproduction 74
4 Video production : filming a story 122
5 Editing for advocacy 168
6 Video as evidence 209
7 Strategic distribution : reaching key audiences in innovative ways 233
App. I WITNESS video action plan
App. II WITNESS footage and tape description
App. III Sample personal release form (short-form)
App. IV Sample personal consent and release (long-form)
App. V Preproduction and production checklist
App. VI Script formatting for video documentary
App. VII Costing-out your video distribution strategy
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