Last year online video sharing sites helped get the word out when it came to the violence hitting the streets during the protests in Iran. The haunting images of Neda Agha-Soltan’s death became the symbol of how news can happen at the hands of the people, instead of the networks. Yet another tragedy has occurred and with it comes even more video, shocking in it’s own right. The destruction in Haiti has seen some of the more devastating images that the public has seen since the Sri Lanka Tsunami. How many lives will be lost is still a question that has no answer. The coverage of this event has made me think about how times have changed when big news stories happen. For years, news breaking meant that certain filters had to be utilized to “screen” the actual end result of what hit the airwaves. Now it seems, news can be developed in the eyes of the consumer who holds a camera.
If you’ve so far avoided using stock media in your projects because of the stigma it carries in certain filmmaking circles, you’re missing out.