Video as Evidence: Filming Secure Scenes


Duration: 5m

This short video demonstrates a step-by-step approach that frontline documenters can use or adapt when filming a human rights incident scene also sometimes referred to as a crime scene. Often the “Spiral Approach” shown here cannot be followed as illustrated because a space is too small, you can only film from one precise point versus being able to walk around the scene, a wall is blocking your path or any number of other reasons. So remember, know the rules and know when to break them.

WITNESS helps people use video and technology to protect and defend human rights.

The majority of the world’s population now has a camera in their pocket. People everywhere are turning to video to document and tell stories of abuse. But all too often, they are not filming safely or effectively, and their videos don’t make a difference.

We identify critical situations and teach those affected by them the basics of video production, safe and ethical filming techniques, and advocacy strategies.