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BAM Your last film was a short documentary about World War II veterans. How did that lead to a feature movie about Iraq?

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Deborah Scranton promised she would tell the soldiers storynot her own.

Deborah Scranton Five months after I made that film, my phone rang with an offer from the New Hampshire National Guard to be a filmmaker in any of the units being deployed to Iraq. And literally that night I woke up in the middle of the night, wide awake as can be, with the idea to give the soldiers the cameras insteadin effect, to virtually embed.

BAM How did you implement the idea?

DS The next morning I called [the public relations officer] back and told him the concept. [Shortly after] they said yes. There was a caveat, though: I had to get the guys to volunteer. So a few days later I flew down to Fort Dix, hopped out in front of the whole unit180 guysand told them my vision. I made them a promise. I gave them my word that we would tell their story through their eyes, no matter what.

BAM Ten men volunteered. What equipment did you give them?

DS Each was given a one-chip Sony mini-DV camera, tripod, microphones, various lenses, piles of blank tapes, and my instant message handle and e-mail.

BAM How about training?

DS These are consumer cameras. You press Record. Soldiers in general are very mechanically adept. I joked when I gave the cameras out. I said Okay, you guys cant leave the room until you shoot film and show it to me. They broke down the kits, and within five minutes theyd rolled tape and were showing it.

BAM You were in New Hampshire, and for most of the time the men were in Iraq. How did that work?

DS The film isnt about the Internet, but it could never have been made without it. The Web allowed us to talk, to work together to decide how best to tell the story. The soldiers were ingenious in mounting the cameras on the dashboards of the Humvees, on the gun turrets, on their Kevlar [helmets]. And then they were so dedicated to either doing self-interviews or interviewing each other within twenty-four hours [of combat]. In the military thats called a hot wash; its while the experience is still fresh in your mind.

BAM Then you interviewed them when they were on leave and after they came home.

DS So what you see and hear in the film is this multiplicity of contextthis interplay of history and memory and perceptionhey, Im a semiotics major, what can I say?





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09/13/07
 
i need the meaning of "embedded journalist".
 
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07/01/08
 
what is the meaning of embedded journalist?i need the meaning of "embedded journalist".
 
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07/01/08
 
when was it first used? who created the term?
 
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12/03/08
 
what is the context of "embedde jouenalist"?
 
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12/03/08
 
-what is the meaning of "embedded journalist? 
 
-when was it first used? 
 
-who created the term?
 
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12/04/08
 
-what is the meaning of "embedded journalist?  
 
-when was it first used?  
 
-who created the term?
 
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12/04/08
 
the hard part is the "who created the term? 
i think i have found it but i also think not because im not sure about this yet :p 
 
check out this link that says its a joint creatin of .... 
 
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12/12/08
 
-what is the meaning of "embedded journalist?  
 
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03/15/09
 
It was hard 4 me to find out"who created the term?"
 
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06/09/09
 
what is the context of "embedded journalist"?when was it first used?who created the term?
 
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01/08/10
 
what is the context of embedded journalist?when was it 1st used?who created the term
 
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11/09/10
 
I need to know the context of "embedded journalist,"when was it first used and who created the term.
 
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11/14/10
 
i need the meaning of embedded journalist, when was it first used and who created the term
 
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01/30/11
 
-what is the meaning of "embedded journalist?  
 
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