Using handheld digital video cameras to shoot television news
What television news could be: a marriage between beautiful image manipulation and serious news.
Instead, what do we do? Stand ups? People eating bugs. Guess Whoâ€™s Coming to Decorate. What a tragic waste.
A great deal of the banality of television was inherent in the technology. When cameras were big and heavy and bulky there was a natural disincliation to use them creatively. We were content to perch them on a tripod and roll tape. The result: static.
Small, hand held digital video cameras have the potential to do for television journalism what Leicas did for photo journalism – create a very different looking product – one that is more intimate, more immediate and much more powerful.
if we have the courage to changeâ€¦â€¦
We could, of course, continue to use these small cameras to replicate what we do already.
We could also mount a leica on a tripod and take a very stiff formal photograph.
But that would be a waste of vast potentialâ€¦.