Vincent Laforet on cinematic journalism and DSLR news video

We ask Vincent Laforet, the original 5DmkII filmmaker and former New York Times award winning photojournalist, about his views on cinematic journalism debate and the practicalities of using DSLR for news and documentary video shooting. His conclusions may not be what you expect. I also had the chance to speak to none other than Khalid Mohtaseb and Phil Bloom on the subject which I’ll upload in the next day or two.

Vincent Laforet on DSLR news and documentary shooting from Dan Chung on Vimeo.

Thanks to Den Lennie and Scott Karlins of in helping to film this



Posted on April 22nd, 2010 by Dan Chung | Category: DSLR video news, Journalism |

12 responses to "Vincent Laforet on cinematic journalism and DSLR news video"

  1. Dan McComb Says:
    April 22nd, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    Just wanted to say thanks for the fantastic and timely DSLR-themed coverage out of NAB. Of all the blogs I follow daily, including heavyweights likes of Philip Bloom and Vincent Laforet, yours did the best job of finding the good stuff and reporting it day after day. Nice work.

  2. Tim Says:
    April 24th, 2010 at 6:35 am

    Thanks Vincent. Precise and diplomat comments that in my opinion clearly support a lot of what was considered by some as negative comments about Khalid’s montage.
    I would have been interested to hear what Vincent had to say about DSLR usage and breaking news.

  3. Ron Dawson Says:
    April 24th, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    Vincent is a class act. Here was a civil, constructive critique supporting the “this isn’t journalism” debate. Had many of the commenters on the original post been as professional and courteous, it would have been a totally different reaction from others.

    With respect to the use of the DSLRs for documentaries, I say that as long as you have a clear understanding of the limitations and how to work around them, they’re fantastic tools for documentaries. All the work we do is documentary in nature and we use them to great results. Weddings are in essence documentaries and studios like StillMotion, Joe Simon Films, Kevin Shahinian’s Pacific Pictures, and hundreds more use them all the time also. It’s all about experience.

    Thanks for posting these vids Dan.

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