FRAMING HISTORY

Video Production, Art Direction, Publication Design, Research

Produced in partial fulfillment of my masters degree from Ohio University's School of Visual Communication, this bio-documentary tells the story of photojournalist Frank Johnston. In addition to Johnston’s own narrative, nearly one hundred images illustrate his extraordinary UPI and Washington Post career that spanned eight presidential administrations from 1963 until his retirement in 2004.

Included here with the main feature is a supplemental segment titled 'Five Photos' in which Johnston is shown five of his images at random without prior knowledge. What follows is his candid and unedited recollection of the story behind each photo.
Framing History:
The Photojournalism Career of Frank Johnston
Running time: 24:53
FIVE PHOTOS
Running time: 11:21
Framing History: COMPANION Book
Size: 7x 7 inches; Pages: 80

A companion book was produced for the documentary that includes thumbnails of all images selected for the feature with full captions in addition to a DVD of the feature plus supplemental material. Furthermore, journalist Phil McCombs’ 1998 Washington Post story, 'The Face of War', is reprinted to round-out the astonishing story of Mike Tripp, the Marine pictured on the cover.
Technical (video):
Canon XH-A1s, Lowel Rifa-Lite w/
40 degree grid, Lowel Pro-light,
Audio-Technica AT899 microphone;
images processed with Photoshop;
video edited with Final Cut Pro

Software
(book):
InDesign, Photoshop, Published via Blurb

© 2010 Louis J. Spirito and Ohio University
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