2016 Video Workshops

Below is a list of confirmed video workshops at the 2016 Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar:

Making the Leap (into Video) - Samantha Stark

Samantha Stark

Workshop Description

This workshop covers the basics for still photographers making the leap into video — for those who are already visual storytellers but need to know how shooting video is different than stills. Samantha has worked with many photographers at The New York Times and helped them learn how to get the shots needed that will edit into a coherent story.

Speaker Bio

Samantha Stark is a staff video journalist at The New York Times. Specializing in stories about unique characters and human relationships, her work has taken her to the frontlines of the Supreme Court same-sex marriage case, a fast-food worker picket line, a training for would-be beauty queens and an 87-year-old's first time on the red carpet. She shoots and edits her own work, and is currently working on a team at the Times that is developing new video series. She was recognized by Pictures of the Year International for a documentary short about the same-sex marriage case and nominated for an Emmy for work on LGBT teenagers. She has taught video storytelling at the City University of New York's Graduate School of Journalism, from where she holds a masters degree.

Video Storytelling: Diving In Deep, Engaging Viewers & Broadening Your Newspaper's Reach - Eric Seals

Eric Seals

Workshop Description

In doing short or long form videos/documentaries especially as a "one-man band" it takes many small steps over time to take that first big one.

If you haven't discovered already it requires lots of patience, practice, time & lots of failure at first. When all is said & done however, the wonderment of telling interesting stories about people & places makes it worth it in the end. More importantly it keeps your newspaper audience engaged & informed about their community.

In my 8 years of doing video for the Detroit Free Press my small steps started with 2 minute video stories. Over time they turned into 5 minute, then 12 & 21 minute short docs.

This journey I've been on of learning the point of the story before telling it, the story structure, rich audio, cinematography & editing helped set a good foundation for me to produce for the Free Press a 50 minute documentary "Graveyard of the Great Lakes" about a Detroit shipwreck hunter. https://vimeo.com/140599283

Speaker Bio

"If you learn to shoot with your heart, you'll move people's souls!"

A good friend and mentor said that to Eric Seals years ago, it's something he's always thought about since 1999 when he started working as a Photo & Video Journalist at the Detroit Free Press.

Over the years Eric has covered many events for the Free Press from the Intifada in Israel/Palestine, 5 months in the war on Iraq & many sports from the Olympics in Rio and Beijing to several Super Bowls, World Series & NBA Finals.

In May of 2008 Eric eagerly embraced video storytelling as the Detroit Free Press started the push for video online at Freep.com.

He's done many video stories human interest & social issues to short documentaries & projects. His first film "Graveyard of the Great Lakes: A Shipwreck Hunter's Quest to Discover the Past" has played at 14 film festivals around the country since October of 2015.

He loves the challenge of bringing a cinematic look, feel & emotion while at the same time staying true to the one thing that matters more than anything else... the story, the story, the story!

Eric has been recognized for his video storytelling with a 2016 national Edward R. Murrow award, a national Webby Award, multiple Michigan Press Photographer Association Multimedia Photographer of the Year awards, several POYi awards & nine regional Emmys.

Teaching is a passion for him. During the year he coaches at various workshops from the NPPA Multimedia Immersion at Syracuse University, the Mountain Workshops at Western Kentucky University, the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Florida. He has also judged & spoke at several national & state contests including the Northern Short Course & the Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar in 2014.

Eric really embraces the "Reach One, Teach One" philosophy & enjoys mentoring others around the country interested in this amazing profession of ours!

He's always there for people to help & answer any questions about photo & video storytelling. Eric can be reached at ericseals@gmail.com. He can also be found & followed on Twitter/Instagram as @ericseals

Putting the GREAT in Great Big Story: Building, Producing and Narrating Short Form Video - Courtney Coupe

Courtney Coupe

Workshop Description

Join Great Big Story's Executive Producer Courtney Coupe for an informative presentation around Great Big Story's creative process. This newly-launched video network has billed itself on concise, short form storytelling — showing you something you've never seen and telling you something you never knew. With more than 6M fans in less than a year on the scene, Great Big Story has found a white-space in the realm of internet video and this is your ticket to find out how it all happened.

Speaker Bio

Over the last 13 years, Courtney has run the gamut across the media landscape. She's seen the underbelly of broadcast television, donning a navy blue suit as an NBC page and setting her alarm for 2:37am (to be exact) at Good Morning America, before launching digital video initiatives at ABC News and Bloomberg. Her work covering the inauguration of President Barack Obama in 2009 for ABC News earned her a News and Documentary Emmy Award – and she's received two Emmy nominees for ‘Outstanding Live Coverage of a Current News Story' (Vote 2010) and 'New Approaches to News & Documentary Programming: Current News Coverage' (ABCNews.com – Target bin Laden: The Death and Life of Public Enemy #1, 2011). New York City has been her home the entire time.

Content Overload: Make Videos People Actually Want to Watch - Jarrett Bellini

Jarrett Bellini

Workshop Description

Content is everywhere. And we only have so many minutes in the day. So, how can you make your video the one somebody clicks ... and hopefully for more than the three requisite seconds Facebook requires for it to actually count as a view.

Speaker Bio

In 2001, Jarrett Bellini graduated from American University with a degree in Visual Media. Which is to say that he could competently edit on VHS and build a rather cheap-looking website with all the functionality of a potato.

Money well spent.

Fortunately, when he joined CNN in 2004, the media landscape wasn't too far advanced from where he left off in college. But everything changed. Fast.

During his time in Atlanta at the 24-hour news network, Jarrett went on to host a popular video podcast, create a celebrity interview series, and filed reports from all over the world.

He also was a regular humor columnist for CNN.com. The column was called "Apparently This Matters" and that brand now exists independently as both a written piece and a new video interview series.

Throughout this time, technologies, graphic and shooting styles, advertiser demands, and consumer sensibilities evolved into the digital media world as we know it today. He's literally seen it all change before his eyes.

And somehow he's managed to stay relevant.

Now, as a senior producer for CNBC Digital – the world's leading business news network - Jarrett continues to tell stories and cover major events through his lens, most recently reporting from the RNC and DNC.