Journalist's Toolbox Newsletter XXXV

Oct. 5, 2021

#MojoWorkshop Resources and Video Documentaries

I had the pleasure of speaking at Robb Montgomery’s MojoWorkshop virtual conference a couple of weeks ago. I attended the sessions as well and came away inspired and added many new resources for my class, including some incredible video examples.

And because I’m so damn nice, I’m sharing some of my tools, the presentation and other resources, along with the video examples:

My favorite part of the conference was when mobile video and documentary filmmakers from around the world (it was truly a global conference) shared some of their favorite work. If you teach, these are wonderful examples for your students on how to shoot with mobile devices. Watch the framing, sequences, use of light, etc.

Paint it From the Rooftops

An artist who took to the roof of his Dublin studio to paint during the pandemic prepares to launch a unique exhibition of his work.

Gerard Byrne, who is known for his “en plain air” landscape and architectural works, completed more than 50 paintings and a number of charcoal sketches during the months of lockdown in 2020. Unable to travel in search of beauty, Byrne explains how he was forced to find the beauty directly around him. Filmed and edited on iPhone/iPad for RTE News, Ireland's public service broadcaster.

Bosnia: Where Europe Ends

It is known as the Balkan route, it is the path taken by migrants trying to reach North Europe from Greece. In this short documentary, the "route" has been halted by Croatian police violence and its illegal deportation, by the wall built by Hungary along its border. This has turned Bosnia into a trap, where thousands of migrants face horrible living conditions. This short documentary tells the events happened during the Xmas Holiday 2020/21 when a fire at Lipa camp left migrants fighting for their life against hunger, snow and ice. It shows what none in Bruxelles want to see, the end of Europe and its humanitarian values.

On Set with Kathryn Bigelow and iPhone 13 Pro

Behind the scenes with Phone 13 Pro, 2x Oscar®-winning Director Kathryn Bigelow and Oscar®-nominated Cinematographer Greig Fraser. 

The Grand Budapest Bike Tour

Robb Montgomery’s ride through Budapest, all shot on mobile.

Make Podcasts Visual

Create visual audio clips and podcasts with the desktop tool. It’s intuitive and easy to learn. Here’s a training video from Mike on how to use it:

Around the Web

We find useful tools and resources so you don’t have to search the web and app stores for them:

Cool Tool Tuesday

Don’t forget that at 1 p.m. CT each Tuesday, we feature a new resource on #cooltooltuesday, like you see in our Around the Web section of this newsletter. Be sure to check it out and retweet it. Here’s a video of some of my past faves:

In Quotes …

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