First D.C. ‘Shoot Off Video Workshop’ Set for May 12-15

The event is a video production workshop and competition for military and civil service videographers.
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The first Washington, D.C. area “Shoot Off Video Workshop”—a video production workshop and competition for military and civil service videographers—is scheduled for May 12-15 in Arlington, Va., say the event’s organizers.

The 2011 Washington area Shoot Off Video Workshop—a four-day workshop that includes training sessions, guest speakers and presentations—is scheduled to take place at the Navy League Building in Arlington, say organizers. The workshop seeks to mentor military, civil service and government video journalists with an emphasis on storytelling fundamentals.

Participants are given the tools and advanced techniques to become creatively faster and better, according to organizers. In addition, the participants are split into teams, and each team shoots, edits and produces a short form news feature or documentary that is critiqued and judged for awards, organizers say.

The Shoot Off Video Workshop grew from the “DC Shoot Off Photography Workshop” and the video workshop is managed by current, and former, military video journalists. The workshop includes training modules and guest speakers. The speakers include:

  • Arun Chaudhary, official White House videographer.
  • Bill Gentile, award winning independent journalist and documentary filmmaker, and American University professor.
  • Tyler Ginter, filmmaker, DSLR for video instructor and former operations office for the U.S Army’s 55th Combat Camera unit.
  • Richard Harrington, RHED, certified Adobe and Apple Instructor, author of over 30 books on digital media/editing.
  • Bethany Swain, photojournalist for CNN.

Online registration is now open for the Shoot Off Video Workshop, which will be accepting 45 participants and up to 30 mentors. To register go to:

Or, those who are interested in either joining Shoot Off staff, being a mentor or volunteering, send an e-mail to:

Additional workshops during 2011 are scheduled for New Orleans on Sept. 15-18, and Seattle on Oct. 20-23.


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