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Richard Kendall

MMW 11: Nov 2011

Richard Kendall works as a freelance photographer, photojournalist and online video producer from Melbourne Australia.

Richard also has a strong commitment to human rights and communicating through visual language, he has a wide range of experience, from scientific imaging to documentary multimedia production, which he draws from. Working for a range of NGOs, including Oxfam, media outlets such as Fairfax media, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Getty images and is represented by Lonely Planet images.

In 2009 Richard was one of the main creatives for ABC Innovation Unit’s, Black Saturday multimedia web site, which interweaves user-generated media with professional sources and official documents to provide a 360-degree view of the Black Saturday bushfires and their aftermath. One of the Multimedia features commissioned for online was then broadcast on ABC's prime-time tv show, Australian story.

Richard participated in the November 2011 MediaStorm Storytelling Workshop. He had the following to say about his experience:

After following and being inspired by the MediaStorm’s style of storytelling and innovative approach, I jumped on the opportunity learn from them directly.

I came into the workshop expecting to expand skills from my current background and learn to translate my own visual language as a photographer into a multimedia platform.

During the project, I was assigned as the reporter to shoot video. I was concerned about being pigeon holed in the workshop but the reverse happened. I actually picked up a whole new swag of processes, including a better understanding of workflow practice, narrative building methods, researching for a story, editing and then refining the nuts and bolts of producing compelling content.

Producing a strong story in such a short space of time worried me. I was pleasantly surprised how with hard work and the methods that MediaStorm deploy can really pay off. The professional MediaStorm staff were great and they shared their hands on experience openly from decades of industry experience.

It was a creative and insightful environment where everyone got involved, debated concepts and worked closely with Eric, Jennifer and Brian to deliver the final piece. Apart from all the new skills developed from the project, most importantly I’ve gained a lot more personal confidence in producing multimedia stories.

Broken Lines by Martine Fougeron, Richard Kendall, Frank de Ruiter and Simon Schorno

Joe Soll has spent half of his life searching for his birth parents, in the process he uncovered a mystery that’s haunted him for years.