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Published on January 25th, 2010 | by admin

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Travis Fox

Former Washington Post video journalist Travis Fox spoke at NYU recently, sharing his ideas on what the emerging medium is all about and changes in the industry. Fox is a pioneer of the burgeoning DSLR scene, and has produced several award winning pieces using the Canon 5D MKII and 7D. He works with a custom made rig to capture video and sound separately, and then works in Final Cut to sync them together. The work flow is daunting, but the final result is outstanding. Fox spoke with NYU students about the challenges in working this way, and the reasons he chooses DSLRs over traditional video cameras.

From The Washington Post:

Travis Fox is an Emmy Award-winning video producer for The Washington Post. His distinctive web video and multimedia stories have been instrumental in establishing a new form of multimedia storytelling on the Internet. Kurt Andersen of New York Magazine calls Fox a “natural-born Web-video genius” and describes his work as “ambitious, subtle, tough, and remarkably beautiful.” In 2006, Fox received the first Emmy Award awarded to a web video producer for his coverage of Hurricane Katrina. In 2002, his documentary, “Rebuilding a Fortress, Rebuilding a Life,” was the first web-based production to air on national television. ABC aired the documentary twice, on “UpClose” and “Nightline.” Veteran “Nightline” producer Tom Bettag described the story as “extraordinary” as well as “sensitive and insightful.” The Rebuilding documentary helped Fox win both the Editor of the Year and Videographer of the Year awards from the White House News Photographers Association, the first and only time the same person has earned both distinctions in the organization’s history. The WHNPA awarded Fox Editor of the Year twice more. He has won dozens of National Press Photographers Association, Pictures of the Year International and CINE awards and has been nominated for a total of seven Emmys. More than anything else, Fox is known for creating multimedia stories that combine video with interactive elements. In-depth projects such as “Hard Times” and “Crisis in Darfur” are examples of this method as is the daily news coverage he produces, such as his work from China during the 2008 earthquake in Sichuan Province. While in the field, Fox often works in conjunction with Washington Post reporters, helping adapt their expertise in new ways online. Fox graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism and lives in New York.

Travis Fox – On Equipment from NYU News & Doc on Vimeo.


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