Dry Tortugas: Remote Florida Keys Island Camping:
Few visitors to Key West take the ferry 70 miles to the Dry Tortugas National Park. Even fewer camp under the stars next to historic Fort Jefferson. Those who do are rewarded with world-class snorkeling, kayaking, wildlife watching and an island almost all to themselves. Produced for VISIT FLORIDA.com.
Movie Night at America's Biggest Drive-In Theater:
Drive in for a flick on one of the Swap Shop's 14 screens in Lauderhill, Florida, located near Fort Lauderdale. Produced for VISIT FLORIDA.com.
Giants of the Seas: Jamaica Meets the Mega-Ships was produced as a thesis project for the University of Miami documenting the transformation of a small town in Jamaica into a major port of call for the world's largest cruise ships. 2011 ONA Online Journalism Awards-Student Finalist.
Ajelogo After the Bulldozers: Lagos, Nigeria(voice-over version)
from Jesse Swanson and Stretch Ledford on Vimeo.
AEJMC Best of the Web 2011: 1st place Team Journalism
2010 winner ONA Student Video Award.
Lagos, Nigeria: Since 1997, Funmilayo Omotosho lived and worked in a market in Ajelogo, a neighborhood in Lagos, Nigeria. For reasons it has not made public, the Lagos State Government ordered that the Ajelogo market be destroyed during the early morning hours of March 7, 2010. More than 10,000 residents and vendors were displaced. With her business, home, and community in ruins, and with nowhere else to go, Fumilayo still lives in Ajelogo, amidst the ruins of her home and business.
This video was created as an assignment for Rich Beckman's Multimedia Storytelling graduate seminar at the University of Miami School of Communication, in cooperation with Lagos State Polytechnic University. Invaluable editing and conceptual guidance was provided by Tom Kennedy, the 2010 Professional in Residence at the U.M.'s Knight Center for International Media.
Stretch used a Canon 5D Mark II camera, with a Zoom H4n audio recorder along with Sennheiser shotgun and wireless lav mics. Jesse shot with a Panasonic HMC150.