Monday, July 06, 2015

Romanians Winning Their Jerusalem

Nikon D4, AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED, ISO 12800, ƒ/8, 1/320
Meet Rob Krieg, IT Director, who was one of the workshop participants in Storytellers Abroad Missions Multimedia Workshop in Bucharest, Romania.

Rob had been a news photographer earlier in his career. He loved photography and wanted to add to his skills the ability to tell stories.

Nikon D4, AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED, ISO 1800, ƒ/5.6, 1/500
Rob had the smallest camera system out of everyone doing the workshop. Rob shot his entire project using the Fuji X-T1 or the Fuji X-E2.

photo by: James Dockery
Rob was just knocking it out of the park getting b-roll. He understood the visual side of storytelling just fine.

What Rob worked on the most during the workshop was understanding the audio portion of the project. He had never been responsible for asking the questions for the interview and helping to direct the story.

What made the story more difficult for Rob was while he was getting the story concept the subject really didn't see how they fit into the bigger picture. No matter how he sequenced the interview there was just something missing.

Nikon D4, AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED, ISO 360, ƒ/8, 1/500
After taking some time to talk with Rob about the story James Dockery, Jeff Raymond and I advised to interview our host and missionary Tom Graef. Tom is here talking with the priest for the Orthodox church in Herăști, Giurgiu, Romania.

Now the most difficult thing was to then intertwine Tom's comments with the subject Simon Bayrakcioglu. It would be easy to just stay with Tom's comments because he was more articulate, but the comments of Simon gave the story more power.

You see the one thing that Rob learned was the whole point of getting someone's comments recorded is the power of the first person narrative gives authenticity to a story.

Listen and watch how Rob was able to blend the visuals of Romania with the interviews of Tom and Simon.

Romanians Winning Their Jerusalem from Storytellers Abroad on Vimeo.

Rob discovered through the process that he had to have someone speak into the story. What also Rob learned was the importance of persistence.

By the way Rob was one of the perfect candidates for the workshop. He had already mastered photography and was looking to add the skill of storytelling using multimedia.

Send me an email if you are interested in taking a multimedia workshop next year. Here is my email address for you

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