"Who makes news now?"
Intro to visionOntv: over 500 films produced in the last 2 years, and 18,000 radical films aggregated in our main channels.
Who really is the video news journalist in an era when the "audience" has been replaced by the "people formerly known as the audience"? Some basic statistics: 48 hours of video are uploaded to youtube every minute, or 8 years of content per day, the vast majority of it original, or "user-generated". (Is not the term "user-generated" a rather patronising way to describe this vast creative outpouring?)
But very little news...... (Arab Spring frustration - eviction of St Paul's)
In a world where the distinction between producers and audience can only erode more and more, what is the role for the documentarist? What are the challenges and opportunities? How can traditional media producers become contemporary media producers?
How can the new democracy of film making build opportunities for film to make social change?
1) web 2.0/social media offers the potential for engagement and building action around film (examples). Not just a twitter and facebook account. We need tools for cross-platform peer-to-peer sharing. Too many documentarists see online distribution merely as having a vimeo account with a "like" button. Geek is the new cool! Documentarists need to become geeks, or at least to make partnerships with them. Documentarist/geek dating agency needed!
2) Citizen journalism - do rapid-turnaround news production as documentary promotion. visionOntv will demo our new citizen journalism template - the "shoot and go" interview on a mobile phone.