The Making of Thames Town: D J Clark shows how he shoots a typical multimedia assignment for the Economist

Guest post by D J Clark:

Over the past five years I have seen my freelance photography work transition slowly into a specialism in multimedia – predominantly photography plus video. For many editorial publications, offering video as well as pictures is an attractive proposition and can stretch a single day assignment into two or three. Yes it is true it is not possible to shoot stills and video at the same time and get great results, but for feature stories, particularly those that involve a lot of travel, spending extra time to produce a video for online often makes sense for both me and the publication. 

At work shooting Thames Town with the Canon 5D mmiii

At work shooting Thames Town with the Canon 5D mmiii

I have worked with a single camera body hanging from each shoulder for 25 years, one with a long lens and one with a wide, and this I believe is still the best solution for shooting stills and video for online. For me, the DSLR is far from dead. For editorial assignments it provides an affordable and easy to use video solution that delivers a quality that replicates the look and feel of the still images. 

In this 23 minute video I talk through an assignment for The Economist, from the choice of kit, through the shoot to the edit. It’s a simple practical workflow, designed to fit within the budget and time constraints of most editorial multimedia assignments.

Below is the completed video:

With thanks to Zixi Wu who shot the video and stills of me.

D J Clark freelances for The Economist multimedia, he also teaches on the Bolton University MA in International Multimedia Journalism based in Beijing and is currently DP at Assignment Asia, a new current affairs program due to launch on CCTV News very soon.

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Posted on May 5th, 2014 by D J Clark | Category: Canon EOS 5D MkIII, Journalism |

4 responses to "The Making of Thames Town: D J Clark shows how he shoots a typical multimedia assignment for the Economist"

  1. slavik Says:
    May 6th, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    Great video, D J, and very helpful to see your FCPX editing workflow. Interesting that you disconnect your audio from b-roll, rather than extend the clip view to pull out J and L cuts. Also I just got the same Gitzo leveler tripod – have been using the traveler 1542 and wanted something more substantial – love it so far, and I’m real glad to see someone else using it! I searched all over and it seemed like an ugly cousin that no one ever talked about. Anyway I learned a few things with your video, and I’m sure others did too, so thank you for putting it together, and keep up the good work!

  2. D J Clark Says:
    May 6th, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    Thanks Slavik, I just tried extending the audio rather than detaching it and you are probably right, it seems like an easier way to make J and L cuts. I was a reasonably early adopter of FCPX and have not yet caught up with all the new enhancements they have added.

  3. VanWeddings Says:
    May 6th, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    great tip about recording a minute of sound at each location! I can see how that could come in handy – not only for additional material to work with, but sometimes the in camera sound can be ruined by random things like a passerby coughing.

  4. Bill Says:
    May 7th, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    Great to see the emphasis on audio. When I mix using earphones, I always check the final version on various speakers. I find that the mix can sometimes sound very different so I work to develop a compromise that works on speakers and phones alike.

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