Greetings. TheWebTheater is a multimedia portfolio and showcase of the work I and my compatriots do in video, editing, slideshows and wherever else multimedia storytelling is headed. The site is a production of TheStoryIsTheThing, a boutique media shop devoted to great storytelling, either through words, video, images, social media or wherever else the ancient art of storytelling heads in an ever-evolving age. The tools change, but the need for clear, evocative tale-telling, whether feature stories and profiles, documentary work or narrative tales, hasn’t changed since the communal fires around which the art of the story began.
At TheWebTheater, you’ll find ultra-short videos, narrative videos, business profiles, audio slideshows plus ‘mini-docs’ or mini-documentary style profiles like the one on the mysterious paintings in a 19th century farmhouse. Or how the Charleston Gazette-Mail won its 2017 Pulitzer Prize. Or crowdsourced videos on the unfolding of the 2018 West Virginia Teacher Strike, as seen here and here. We even cover elephant sightings in Appalachia as well as why art can’t hurt you.
The site features much work I did for years at the Pulitzer Prize-winning Charleston Gazette-Mai in Charleston, W.Va., I no longer work there, part of the great wave of layoffs moving through the industry, but a change that has been liberating for me, as described in this Columbia Journalism Review article that I wrote, about crowdsourcing video for local newspapers. The site also features multimedia work done for other individuals, groups, music videos, professional organizations and other side features and passion projects.
Just give me a shout and let’s discuss if you have multimedia projects you’d like done at a reasonable cost. I am also available for training in social media video shooting, having racked up millions of views of my work on Facebook and YouTube. I also offer low-cost (sometimes no-cost) services to budget-stressed non-profits doing the work of the angels.
I am a proponent of ‘lo-fi media,’ as a means of producing great work without the stress of madly morphing techno-change. What is ‘lo-fi media’? Manifesto to come since it’s always fun having a manifesto.
Thanks for stopping by!
Douglas Imbrogno | Founding Producer