Technically, videos are a collection of images in sequence, generating movement. But anyone who has ever seen a movie or a short clip can say that the reality goes way beyond the definition. The possibility of reproducing movement and sounds has amazed human kind since the 19th century. And still now, techniques, tutorials and gadgets are developed everyday to help professional and amateur video-makers.
So, what is the role of video making in the media world? And more specifically, how can we use videos on environmental journalism in an efficient way?
When thinking about videos, journalism, and nature, my mind is immediately set in documentaries. Documentaries are non-fictional movies that show a specific aspect of reality (for more information, see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Documentary_film).
Documentaries have such an impact on our society that, although nothing stops a documentary to run for Best Picture, the Academy Awards created a whole category, named Best Documentary Feature. And, in the last 10 years, three of the winners were documentaries directly related to the environment (March of the Penguins – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0428803/; An Inconvenient Truth – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0497116/; The Cove – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1313104/)
Documentaries are special because they bring specific situations in some extreme places on Earth to people’s lives without the costs of traveling and exposure to dangers. Also, they give us the chance of seeing daily realities with different lenses.
Those are some of my thoughts on the topic. I look forward to see what you think about the use of videos in environmental journalism 🙂
(If you happen to be looking for some nice documentaries on the topic, check this list at – http://documentaries.about.com/od/recommendeddocumentaries/tp/Environmental-Documentaries.htm)