Back to Beijing

August 4, 2008

I’ve been to China on assignment for National Geographic Magazine four times in the last decade so it was interesting to dig into that story again, this time for MediaStorm on behalf of the Asia Society. The website and Longing for Blue Skies, the short film I produced and edited, just launched last week on their website.

It was fun to look through all the wonderful photographic coverage on China. One of the things I’m learning is to craft sequences using a single photographer’s work as a way to give more structure to the narrative.

The other fun part of this project was the chance to sit down with Orville Schell, a writer, former journalism school dean and now the Arthur Ross Director, Asia Society Center on US-China Relations

It was my first major on-camera interview (which I directed and lit ) and Orville was a joy. You could hear the sound bites tumbling out of his mouth and the hardest part of the job was getting the two hour interview down to my first cut of 9 minutes, then again down to the current 6 minute piece.

While you’re on the site, check out the Room with a View feature. A nifty piece of citizen journalism that involved a simple look out the window.

Please pass this along to anyone who might be intersted.

And let me know what you think!


3 Responses to “Back to Beijing”

  1. Jim Domke said

    No need for video, the voice over and stills told the story.

  2. Eric Jones said

    Bob you were in Beijing? I wish I had known I was there all summer, it would have been nice to meet up. I enjoyed the piece. Even recognized some of the photographers. But more importantly i felt the story came through pretty well. Hope all is well.

  3. Tiffany Wilson said

    Wow! what great work!

    My name is Tiffany Wilson and I am a photojournalism student at the University of Montana doing a senior paper on Multimedia Journalism. I would love to interview you about this still somewhat new medium to tell stories through. If you have time to talk, your experience, expertise, and opinion would be a great asset to me! Thanks alot!

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