workshops

Renovation at Sava

Everytime we come back from the field, proud of perfect framing, Grani? says picture is to dark. We go back to the field to correct our mistake, and return thrilled because we finally managed to figure out proper exposure. Grani? says our focus is a complete failure. The day after, we checked the framing twice, light and the focus also.   But then, Grani? says the composition is criminal.  It never gets us down. One thing is certain – even if we think we have done everything right, Grani? will always find something to complain about. Next year, Zagreb will host European University Games.  Sava, the infamous student dorm, was last…

Science guys

The statue of Baltazar, the famous cartoon character of our childhood, is an interesting novelty on the property of the Ru?er Boškovi? institute. But the real gems of the institute are its scientists. We met two of them near the Baltazar statue:  Marko Koši?ek and Fran Supek. Their stories are quite similar, they both had to work hard to complete their education crowned with a doctoral thesis. But this is where their story differs. Marko stayed in Croatia to work, while Fran decided to move to Barcelona. We wanted to know why. Why should we stay or why should we go? So it was decided, we are going to wrap…

Symbiosis of TV and Radio

This morning on the rooftop of Faculty of Political Science something truly interesting happened. While some of the students from Workshop were editing, most of us were outside watching the passing eclipse. While we were joking and talking, someone brought contrabass outside and placed it on the ground. Because Radio Student has its studio on the same floor as a Workshop, so we share a rooftop, that contrabass on the floor wasn’t so weird. After a few minutes producer from the Radio Student came to us and said that it would be a good idea if we could film this band that came to the live performance on the radio….

Croatia celebrates Father’s Day

Go and find a story, he said. You have 5 hours. No problem, we said. We have the camera, the crew, and an idea, so what could go wrong, right? Even if things go wrong, Ivana and I figured it is not going to be so hard since our “spiritual leader”, Slavko is here. He always manages to find a solution for every problem, but, not this time. Spring arrived early in the crowded streets of Zagreb. Old people on the benches, young couples on  picnics, children playing with their parents, each has its own way of enjoying it. On the 19th of March, the people of Croatia celebrate Father’s…

Miss Fortune

Panic. The day hasn’t even started and we are already ten minutes late.  Usually happy fellowship turned into four hobbits that are trying to reach their Mordor, the fifth floor of the building of the Faculty of political sciences. Without air, coffeine and any life left in our veins, we decided to elegantly remain calm so that the rest of the group wouldn’t think we are having a collective stroke. Once that we’ve finished the editing, and taken a look at our videos, we decided to take a 45 minute break so that we could revive our bodies and continue in the same rhythm. Because of the sunny day that…

Field assigment

Morning, noon, afternoon, every time is a coffee time. For our second assignment we decided to do a little project about coffee culture in Zagreb. Sunny weather pulled a lot of people outdoors. Coffee shop terraces were full and we managed to capture some of it. After our last task, we’ve learned on what should we pay more attention. The more tight shots we have, the better our project will be. This time we took a lot of equipment with us. We had selfie-stick, two tripods, big and heavy camera, iPhone, few microphones, and a lot of good will. Dolores was in charge for capturing every moment behind the camera…

Editing

To put your material in the right way, so it can be understood in the way it was meant to be, is probably the hardest part in film making. In our head it is very clear. We know, more or less, what shots and what sounds we want to use. Knowing editing we know how to put all of our ideas in unity. Even it is very hard and sometimes boring, it is very important. Good editing, usually one we don’t think too much about while watching film is what separates bad from good and good from excellent film. With power of editing we suggest viewers what they should feel and…

There is a story, capture it

        New media. In my opinion, probably the worst form of journalism. Problem that I have with it is the lack of spirit, soul and tradition. I’m not saying that these are rational reasons but some arguments to support that statement exist. Can professor Charlie Gee and his multiplatform storytelling workshop on web video content change my opinion and open a new perspective on the new media? Based on the first two days, I have to say- Yes. Not only that we have opportunity to work with new technology but we are being taught the best ways to use it. Although the new technology was the first thing that caught my eye, more…

MoJo workshop with the Zagreb students of Journalism

I’ve just recently returned from a three day visit to Croatia where I joined Karol Cioma, Training Project Manager – Circom Regional and Darko Flajpan, senior broadcast trainer with HRT (Croatian TV) on an intensive MoJo course. We had 15 television journalism students on the course from FPZG University, where a number of HRT Staff lecture. I was very impressed with the trainees – they committed 100% to the training sessions and each worked hard to squeeze the best from the two days. One of the students did a brief story on the course itself (Video on Vimeo below) all shot on iPhone4 with Fostex AR4i and edited on both…

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