Film & Video News Digest: Nancy Pelosi, Cine Gear Expo 2019 And More

On Friday, CNN and other news outlets reported on a doctored video of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Fake News Files—House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Video:

This past Friday and over the weekend, cable news network, CNN, along with a number of other news outlets, including CBS This Morning, reported on a widely viewed manipulated video of U.S. Congresswoman and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. On CNN’s website, reporter Donie O’Sullivan, wrote that the manipulated video was being “shared by some social media users to spread a false claim that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi slurred her words after meeting with President Donald Trump on Wednesday.” It was removed by YouTube, the company told CNN on Thursday.

Of course, professional photographers, videographers, DPs and cinematographers know how easy it is to change the playing speed of a video in video-editing software or a video app. So, in some ways, it’s not surprising such a video might appear on social media. However, according to many news outlets, although the video was quickly revealed as false, it’s been viewed by millions online and on social media.

Here’s a YouTube video from CBS This Morning news that shows clips of both the original video and the manipulated “deepfake” video: 


What to Expect at Cine Gear Expo 2019:

Cine Gear 2019 Expo is a tech show where filmmakers can check out what’s new in the world of digital cinema and production gear.

The show takes place later this week on the Paramount lot in Hollywood, California from May 30 through June 2. For more on what to expect at the upcoming snow, click here.


Inspiring Video—My Slow-Motion Cannonball:

I created this cannonball video last summer to show how cameras and phones can capture cool slow-motion video, a feature that’s relatively new to phones and cameras, but continues to improve. For this footage, I composed both the original music and the video edits all on my Apple iPhone 7—although I recently updated the text on my Apple MacBook Pro by airdropping the original project from my phone onto my desktop, and opening it in iMovie on my laptop. In the past, this sort of workflow would have taken a lot of time to create…and would have been very expensive.


Upcoming Film Grant Deadlines:

The following two grants for filmmakers have deadlines that are coming up soon, in July and August. Be sure to carefully read the submission requirements before you apply:

  • POV Call for Entries: POV is television’s longest-running showcase for independent non-fiction films. It accepts films in three different categories: Standard: For completed films & fine cuts. Early Introduction: For films still in production or development. Short: For films that are 35 minutes or less. The POV deadline is rolling, but to be considered for the 2020 POV season, entries must be submitted by Saturday, July 20, 2019. For more, go to
  • NEH Media Development Grants: The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) provides grants for film and television projects, which may be “single films or a series addressing significant figures, events, or ideas. Programs may be intended for regional or national distribution, via traditional carriage or online distribution.” According to the website, the program “supports documentary film, television, radio, and podcast projects that engage public audiences with humanities ideas in creative and appealing ways. All projects must be grounded in humanities scholarship in disciplines such as history, art history, film studies, literature, religious studies, philosophy, or anthropology.” The deadline to submit you application is August 14. For more, go to

Drone Safety: 

Drone manufacturer, DJI, says it will soon add airplane and helicopter detection technology to all its drones that weigh more than 250 grams, or 9 ounces. According to the company, “all new DJI drone models released after January 1, 2020 that weigh more than 250 grams will include AirSense technology, which receives ADS-B signals from nearby airplanes and helicopters and warns drone pilots if they appear to be on a collision course. This will be the largest single deployment of ADS-B collision awareness technology to date, and sets a new standard by putting professional-grade aviation safety technology in drones available to everyone.” For more on the technology, go to DJI’s website: