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Michael Sunderland (Bournemouth University) holds a media workshop on video creation using smart phones. He demonstrates the best way to hold a phone, to light the scene, to frame the subjects, to record proper sound, to film effective sequences, and to do effective interviewing.


Workshop held at the YDAR Festival 2023, Day 2)


Workshop Video

(coming soon)


Workshop Slides

Sunderland_Filming with a Smartphone – Top Tips



Michael Sunderland is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Communication and Journalism and Programme Leader of MA Multimedia Journalism at Bournemouth University. His research focuses on crisis reporting and how journalism and the media are harnessed as tools for social and political change. Before moving into academia, he worked as a journalist, specialising in international and humanitarian reporting. He was a producer and reporter on Sky’s World News programme and later a freelance video, radio and online correspondent covering East and Central Africa. He has spent much of his career in Africa, both as a journalist and during two stints managing media relations for Save the Children. He has covered wars and conflicts in Somalia, Nigeria, DRC, and Côte d’Ivoire, as well as humanitarian and development issues in 20 countries across the continent. His news content has been used by, amongst others, Sky News, BBC News, ITV News, Associated Press, Voice of America, Reuters, Al Jazeera, and France 24. He maintains close links to the non-profit sector and currently serve as a Director on the board of Avaaz Campaigns UK.



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