Media Beat: Morgan Spurlock’s Video and Filmmaking Tips for Journalists

Morgan Spurlock has more in common with working journalists than you may think. For one, he toiled for years in obscurity, and debt, before making it big in Hollywood. Furthermore, his documentaries have achieved the ultimate coup of quality reporting: change. (While Mickey D’s won’t admit it, we’re sure Super Size Me is responsible for the disappearance of those humongous portions.)

Here, Spurlock gives tips for journos treading into video for the first time and talks about the effect technology has had on the art of filmmaking.

THE GOOD: “The democratization of cinema has made it where anyone with a camera, computer, and a good idea can make a movie.”

THE BAD: “There will always be a turd that rises to the top.”

His words, people.

PART 1: Media Beat: Morgan Spurlock: From Super Size Me to Freakonomics

PART 3: Media Beat: Morgan Spurlock Calls Producing Simpsons Special “Best…Gig…Ever”