Documentaries: Wildlife and Beyond

Studio 3

Wednesday, December 4, 2019
10:15 AM - 11:00 AM
Operation Conservation: Filming the World's Endangered Species
Filming stories about wildlife comes with its fair share of challenges - from finding some of the most endangered animals to (relatively) safely navigating a jungle filled with wildlife poachers. In this session, filmmaker Roshan Patel will give a behind-the-scenes look into producing stories about the natural world. At Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute, Patel produces films about people’s efforts to protect wildlife – everything from mapping the movements of elephants in Myanmar to cryopreserving coral in Curacao. Learn how Roshan is approaching film at the Smithsonian to reach new audiences and provide a platform for the researchers who are quite literally saving species.
11:15 AM - 12:00 PM
Amazon Travelog - The Culture and Scenery
The co-founders of D.C.-based Digital Creative Visionaries, Celene Di Stasio and Shane Yeager, share their experiences from filming in South America, and how they were able to capture the fascinating cultures and gorgeous scenery that make up the region. 
12:15 PM - 1:00 PM
Photo and Video Production: Exploring the Historical, Technological, and Future Implications of Convergence in Media
It's an exciting time to work in photo and video production. Innovations in camera technology are accelerating, and professional-grade equipment is becoming increasingly more affordable. One recent innovation has the potential to redefine media production altogether: cameras will soon be capable of simultaneously capturing still photography and motion video, with no discrepancy in quality. Using the theoretical framework of convergence culture and exponential organizations, this research asks: will the traditionally separate roles of photographer and videographer become one? This study will explore the historical, technological, and future implications of photo and video convergence using examples from sports media.
Thursday, December 5, 2019
1:15 PM - 2:00 PM
Lighting Design and Systems Integration for Smaller Spaces, Presented by Barbizon
Every agency or organization needs a space for content creation, whether for internal or external distribution.  Often these spaces are outfitted “temporarily” with portable equipment, but a permanently installed system is usually the end goal.  This session will discuss considerations of fixture choices, control system selection, and room build-out.
2:15 PM - 3:00 PM
Challenges of Creating Content in Harsh Conditions
Serving as a director of photography on the Animal Planet series “Into Alaska,” Tom Trainor has to often deal with the harsh conditions of nature to capture his footage, like limited daylight and negative degree temperatures. Trainor will share his experience in filming in these types of situations and how best to prepare yourself for whatever conditions you may encounter.
3:15 PM - 5:00 PM
Workshop: Studio in Your Pocket, Production With Your Smartphone
Today’s mobile devices carry with them excellent lenses and high-resolution video, so be sure to bring your smartphone or tablet to learn how to create professional documentaries with mobile devices from American University professor and documentarian Larry Engel. You’ll learn how to make the most of them just by knowing the devices better. We’ll also look at apps and hardware that further improve your video and sound. From preproduction to post production, you’ll be able to produce documentaries just with the “production studio in your pocket.” Learn to make your device the first tool you pull from your toolkit!
All studios are live with stream programming Dec. 4-5 from 10:15 AM - 5:00 PM featuring expert and exclusive content!