Producing News and Video in Washington, D.C.

Studio 1

Wednesday, December 4, 2019
10:15 AM - 11:00 AM
Drones in D.C. -- Navigating the Waiver Process in the World's Most Secure Air Space
Most people believe that drone operations are prohibited in Washington, D.C. But in the last two years, a process has opened up to permit justified drone flights within the "No-Fly Zone." Operators and companies with suitable cause may follow a new waiver process to obtain exemptions to the drone ban for purposes from support of public safety to aerial filmmaking. The chief of operations for Hover Solutions LLC, will discuss the waiver process and operational complexities of the area, with real examples from his work in Historic Anacostia, Alexandria and other previously unreachable places.
11:15 AM - 12:00 PM
Embracing Docu-Storytelling in a "Fake News" Climate
Deepfakes. Political ad bans. Memes you barely understand. When did communicating with video get so darn complicated? LAI Video's James Loizou and James Favata will talk about how their video agency embraces a docu-storytelling approach in an age of disinformation and fake news. Hear best practices for refining your video content strategy through their collaborations with a newspaper’s online campaign and an Emmy award-winning Facebook series about working on Capitol Hill.
12:15 PM - 1:00 PM
Getting Into Politics: Best Practices for Those Behind the Camera
As election campaigns pick up the pace for 2020, what is involved in producing, shooting and editing TV ads and digital media for political campaigns? Nate Kresge, co-owner and executive director at GK Visual, will share his thoughts on the process, and the technical and creative challenges and solutions associated with creating political videos. He'll also discuss tips for getting into the political industry and working with candidates for the first time.
Thursday, December 5, 2019
1:15 PM - 2:00 PM
On Location in Washington, D.C.
You've probably heard about the Exorcist stairs in Georgetown, featured in the 1973 film "The Exorcist." Washington, D.C. is home to some of the world's most iconic and recognizable buildings, historic structures and neighborhoods, as well as some unique but lesser-known areas. What makes an ideal location? How do you select the perfect spot for your film? In this session presenters will share a few of their favorite locations and film projects completed in the heart of D.C. Attendees can learn more about the permitting process, incentives, the benefits to bringing a production to our nation's capital and the OCTFME resources available to help.
2:15 PM - 3:00 PM
The Nation’s Capital — A Thriving Locale to Get Your Start in the Industry
Whether you’re creating content or capturing late-breaking news, Washington, D.C. has much to offer in the media and entertainment industry. Hear firsthand how Director of Photography Michael F. Cormier got his start locally after getting his hands on a camera at Falls Church Cable Access in Northern Virginia. Cormier has filmed TLC’s reality series “D.C. Cupcakes” in the heart of Georgetown, HGTV’s “Curb Appeal” and “Design to Sell” around the nation’s capital and “Vice” on HBO in the halls of Congress. He shot a documentary about the Washington Capitals Stanley Cup win, covered a significant case before the Supreme Court of the United States concerning the rights of the LGBTQ community and worked on branding campaigns for Sephora and Marie Claire. He also shot the Obama’s talk with the filmmakers for “American Factory,” their first Netflix documentary. Gain insight from his experiences creating video content for various networks, nonprofits and international organizations. Cormier will share how he got where he is now, living his dream.
3:15 PM - 4:00 PM
'Good Morning Washington' — Producing the Local News
What does it take to produce the local morning news, keeping viewers current on overnight developments in the fast-paced and political Washington, D.C. area? Carmen Frazier, a news producer for WJLA-TV’s “Good Morning Washington” will discuss what is involved, including the necessary team, whether in the studio or in the field; how the team handles late-breaking news; and innovations in technology that make it easier to produce the news and that help viewers understand how the stories impacts them.
All studios are live with stream programming Dec. 4-5 from 10:15 AM - 5:00 PM featuring expert and exclusive content!