Over the weekend I watched National Geographic
's Baghdad Bound: The Devil Dog Diaries
as a video-on-demand selection on my Akimbo
. Producer Gary Scurka created an outstanding documentary that is a must-see, especially for videobloggers
. Why is it relevant for videobloggers?
- It shows the "dirty face of reality". Scurka pointed the camera at what he saw and explained what was happening. He didn't have "an angle".
- Gary Scurka shot the video himself and frequently uses the videoblogger arm's length shot.
- Scurka was an "embedded journalist", who eventually bonded with the Marines he accompanied and was dependent upon for his survival. This bond was a challenge to his concept of objectivity. How did he deal with it? He talked about the issue on camera, of course!
National Geographic has on on-line interview with Gary Scurka