Video for Change: A Guide For Advocacy and Activism

Author:   Sam Gregory ,  Gillian Caldwell ,  Ronit Avni ,  Thomas Harding
Publisher:   Pluto Press
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Pages:   344
Publication Date:   01 November 2005
Format:   Paperback
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Pictures from Abu Ghraib showed the power of the amateur image to grab the world's attention. The Asian tsunami, caught on camcorder, brought home the reality of what had happened more than any news report ever could. Around the world the increasing availability and affordability of technology has fuelled the world of social justice video activism. Film-making - at its best - has the power to change the way people think, and create real social change, and now the tools to do it are more accessible than ever before. 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 activists. It combines a comprehensive analysis of what's going on in this growing global field with a how-to primer to doing it yourself.

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Author:   Sam Gregory ,  Gillian Caldwell ,  Ronit Avni ,  Thomas Harding
Publisher:   Pluto Press
Imprint:   Pluto Press
Dimensions:   Width: 13.50cm , Height: 2.30cm , Length: 21.50cm
Weight:   0.435kg
ISBN:  

9780745324128


ISBN 10:   0745324126
Pages:   344
Publication Date:   01 November 2005
Audience:   General/trade ,  College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  General ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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Table of Contents

Foreword by Peter Gabriel Acknowledgements Introduction 1. Using Video for Advocacy by Gillian Caldwell 2. Safety and Security by Katerina Cizek 3. Storytelling for Advocacy: Conceptualization and Pre-Production by Katerina Cizek 4. Video Production: Filming a Story by Joanna Duchesne with Liz Miller 5. Editing for Advocacy by Katerina Cizek 6. Video as Evidence by Sukanya Pillay 7 Strategic Distribution: Reaching Key Audiences in Innovative Ways by Thomas Harding Glossary of Terms Resource List Notes on Authors Appendices I.Witness Video Action Plan II. Witness Footage and Tape Description III. Sample Personal Release Form (Short-Form) IV. Sample Personal Consent and Release (Long-Form) V. Preproduction and Production Checklist VI. Script Formatting for Video Documentary VII. Costing-Out Your Video Distribution Strategy Index

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It's the rare image that can really grab hold of our insides and say, 'I got you and you'll never be the same again. -- Tim Robbins, Actor, Director, and WITNESS Advisory Committee member WITNESS doesn't just use video to expose human rights abuses for the world. It taps local heart and initiative and empowers those who know their countries best. WITNESS is both deferential to local wisdom and relentless in promoting the extraordinary findings of its partners. It is an indispensable organization. -- Samantha Power, Pulitzer Prize winning author of A Problem From Hell: America and the Age of Genocide and lecturer at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government This step by step guide to the handicam revolution is the first comprehensive practical guide to human rights and video campaigning. Written by leading video activists, and staff of the human rights organisation, Witness, it is packed with 'how to' guidance, and easy to use exercises. Clear and accessible, it provides a crash course in the basics of social justice video documentation and advocacy. The authors cover all aspects of film making from technical to strategic and ethical issues. Readers are shown how to plan, film, edit and distribute. The Preface is by Witness founder Peter Gabriel. -- Festival Eye Safety is crucial. Not just of the film crew, but also of those being filmed. Depending on the context, the camera can be seen as either a shield or a target. Whether you are in Mexico or Edinburgh, theft, violence or downright fear of exposure can lead people to do extreme things. The US not-for-profit group, Witness, has published Video for Change (Pluto Press). It offers a comprehensive guide to video making, as well as highlighting the need for safety and a clear understanding of the dangers involved. -- Suzanne Fane-Saunders, Red Pepper


'It's a rare image that can really grab hold of our insides and say, 'I got you an you'll never be the same again.' Tim Robbins, Actor, Director, and WITNESS Advisory Committee member


'WITNESS doesn't just use video to expose human rights abuses for the world. It taps local heart and initiative and empowers those who know their countries best - an indispensable organisation' -- Samantha Power, Pulitzer Prize winning author of A Problem From Hell: America and the Age of Genocide and lecturer at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government 'This step by step guide to the handicam revolution is the first comprehensive practical guide to human rights and video campaigning' -- Festival Eye 'A comprehensive guide to video making, as well as highlighting the need for safety and a clear understanding of the dangers involved' -- Suzanne Fane-Saunders, Red Pepper


Safety is crucial. Not just of the film crew, but also of those being filmed. Depending on the context, the camera can be seen as either a shield or a target. Whether you are in Mexico or Edinburgh, theft, violence or downright fear of exposure can lead people to do extreme things. The US not-for-profit group, Witness, has published Video for Change (Pluto Press). It offers a comprehensive guide to video making, as well as highlighting the need for safety and a clear understanding of the dangers involved. -- Suzanne Fane-Saunders, Red Pepper This step by step guide to the handicam revolution is the first comprehensive practical guide to human rights and video campaigning. Written by leading video activists, and staff of the human rights organisation, Witness, it is packed with 'how to' guidance, and easy to use exercises. Clear and accessible, it provides a crash course in the basics of social justice video documentation and advocacy. The authors cover all aspects of film making from technical to strategic and ethical issues. Readers are shown how to plan, film, edit and distribute. The Preface is by Witness founder Peter Gabriel. -- Festival Eye WITNESS doesn't just use video to expose human rights abuses for the world. It taps local heart and initiative and empowers those who know their countries best. WITNESS is both deferential to local wisdom and relentless in promoting the extraordinary findings of its partners. It is an indispensable organization. -- Samantha Power, Pulitzer Prize winning author of A Problem From Hell: America and the Age of Genocide and lecturer at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government It's the rare image that can really grab hold of our insides and say, 'I got you and you'll never be the same again. -- Tim Robbins, Actor, Director, and WITNESS Advisory Committee member


Author Information

Sam Gregory is the Programme Director at WITNESS, a project that trains and supports activists around the world to use video safely, ethically, and effectively to expose human rights abuse. He also teaches on human rights and participatory media as an Adjunct Lecturer at the Harvard Kennedy School and is the co-editor of Video for Change (Pluto, 2005). Gillian Caldwell is a campaigner, lawyer and CEO at Global Witness. She is the co-editor of Video for Change (Pluto, 2005). Ronit Avni is a filmmaker, human rights advocate and the founder of Just Vision, a non-profit organisation that documents and creates media about Palestinian and Israeli grassroots leaders involved in peacebuilding. She is the co-editor of Video for Change (Pluto, 2005). Thomas Harding is the best-selling author of Hanns and Rudolf (2013), and the co-founder of Undercurrents, Britain's first video news service. He is a leading voice in international video activism and has written for the Independent, Guardian, New Statesman and New Internationalist. He is the co-editor of Video for Change (Pluto, 2005) and The Video Activist Handbook (Pluto, 2001).

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