The next generation of content makers at Discovery HQ
Today is the second day of V.J. training here at Discovery Channel’s main offices at Silver Spring, Md. Yesterday our 22 trainees learned how to shoot a piece – lots of important tips like: 5 shots. sequences. Don’t move the camera. Get a few important and very focused sound bites. And so on…
Then we sent them out across Washington, DC to shoot their stories – and screened their raw footage when they came back.
Today, they learned how to edit and are busy cutting their first stories.
The workshop also features speakers from Discovery, producers and executives, all of whom are interested in the people here and the work they are doing and would like to do. Everyone here has pretty much wrapped their heads around ‘how the production world has changed’ (as one DCI exec put it this morning). Another addressed the group and told them ‘you are the future of this industry’.
We think so.
And the folks here in the course run the spectrum from people with no experience to those who have been in the business for some time but want to add new skills (and get in front of some network execs.)
There’s another one of these next week back here in Silver Spring, then in the fall we take it on the road, adding to the DC sessions with sessions in NY, LA, Chicago and one scheduled for the Bahamas.
Mindy McAdams, one of the students in the class has her own blog, but she gives a pretty good assessment of the first day of class.