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Iraq: the first draft

Posted in Journalism by Adam Westbrook on April 15, 2009

The first draft video report I shot in Iraq is on Current TV’s UK website this week.

I’ve uploaded a draft to see how their target audience respond to it, whether they like it, hate it or don’t bother watching it, it will be interesting to see.

Sadly the quality of both the audio and the video have taken a battering in the upload, but the gist is there. It was shot on my Panasonic NVDX100, and cut on Adobe Premiere Elements. The music and non-video images are all published under the Creative Commons Licence, and found using some of the sources I described here.

It’s the latest step in my plans to build a multimedia website on my assignment with British troops in Iraq, before they finally withdraw in June. More on that soon! In  the meantime, whether you’re a regular visitor, a media professional, or a passer-by, I’d love to hear your feedback on the film too – the good, the bad, the ugly…

bloodtreasure-screenshot2WordPress doesn’t let me embed Current videos, so click on the image to visit the video.

To find out when and why I was in Iraq, check out this previous blog post.

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  1. Chris Doidge said, on April 19, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    Tis very good, and you don’t need me to list what’s good about it. You also don’t need me to say what you could do different next time, cause I think you’ve said it on the blog over the last couple of weeks.

    So here’s what I’d fiddle with, if anything:
    1) I’d re-record the v/o in quality – it’s the one thing, sound-wise that lets it down and I don’t think it matters whether it’s been recorded in your bedroom or in the depths of hell.
    2) I’m not 100% sure you’ve spelt battalion right!
    3) I’d make it clearer whether you’re in Basra or Baghdad at different points in the film – maybe it’s my cold, but I got confused once.
    4) I don’t know if you’ve got any more soldiers you interviewed on the cutting room floor, but one more might be nice if you can squeeze them in and if they’ve got anything interesting to say.

    I love the astons/supers – are they yours or Current’s?

    Generally however, I’m nitpicking because I’m suspecting you want a couple of ideas rather than a wall of appreciative silence.

    It’s great.


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