Hidden Cameras in the Field: Exposing The Truth In A Documentary
Documentaries are supposed to be all about the truth and sometimes that truth simply isn’t going to come out if someone knows a camera is rolling. This makes it imperative that a documentary film maker knows how to use hidden field cameras in order to catch actions that might otherwise be left hidden. Keep in mind however, that there are ethical questions whenever hidden cameras are used. This means that the film maker needs to be absolutely sure that what he is exposing needs to be exposed and brought before the public.
Using A Digital Video Camera
Many times documentaries are made on a very limited budget and the film maker has to use the equipment that he has on hand which is usually the digital video camera that he uses for all of his work. Hiding a digital camera in a way that you get good video of something amiss is not easy as these cameras can be easy to spot.
Probably the best way to hide a digital video camera is in a backpack or case of some kind. That way you can enter the place where you want to video an incident and set the bag down with the camera pointed in the direction where you think it will catch the most action. This isn’t a perfect solution but, it may get a good solid image. This technique is great for quick runs into locations where cameras are not allowed but, if there is any chance that you being there may incite any kind of incident however, make sure you bring someone along who can grab the camera in case you are not able to or you are going to not only lose your film but, your camera as well.
Wireless Surveillance Cameras
Wireless Surveillance cameras are much better for guerrilla documentaries as they are designed to be easily hidden and many of these cameras look like other things such as buttons or pens which allow you to keep the cameras on your person where you can get better close ups. While many of these cameras come with built in recording devices you still might want to use a wireless microphone that is synchronized with a video device that is away from the location where you are filming.
When choosing wireless surveillance cameras for filming these documentaries you want to purchase ones that are as small and as versatile as possible so you can use them in any situation. If you can afford it buying more than one can allow you to leave one or two at the site where it will keep recording even when you are not there. If the camera is linked to video equipment in a distance location you won’t even have to take the risk of going back to retrieve the camera.
Always remember that guerrilla documentaries should only be used to expose real problems that adversely affect society. While these stories are important to tell you need to make sure that you don’t step over the line into shady journalism.
Undercover Reporting in Journalism: Exposing the Truth
Undercover cameras can produce shocking video footage and reveal the truth in many cases. No longer limited to private investigators, There has been significant and increased interest recently regarding undercover reporting, eavesdropping and the use of hidden-cameras in newsgathering.