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Dillon's Education (04:46)


Rick Davis introduces Estel Dillon who studied communications and music at Virginia Tech, played drums in band, and got a job working in television out of somebody's basement. He established a relationship with Ron Miller at WWBT.

Working in News (02:30)

Dillon began working for WWBT and learned how to use video equipment. He created a reel, started calling networks, and was hired at NBC.

Employment with NBC (02:40)

Dillon describes his work at NBC and explains "backpack journalist." Network news organizations are looking for individuals with backpack journalist skills.

"SWAT" Team (02:48)

Dillon traveled around the world while working as part of this team. He recalls covering the Jacksons' Victory Tour.

Firsthand Experience (01:55)

Dillon cites examples of what helped him the most throughout his career: develop a strong skill set, appear confident, and be aggressive. Maintaining credibility and objectivity is important.

Memorable Events (03:26)

Dillon went to Mali to cover the famine in West Africa. He did stories in East Germany the week before the Berlin Wall came down, including speaking to the mother of a young man who helped build the wall and was shot by an East German guard.

Dillon Production Services (01:47)

Dillon started the production company after finishing graduate school in 2003. He also conducts media training seminars.

Jane Powell (04:43)

Dillon spent the day filming Powell and interviewing her loved ones. See a clip from the 2.5 hour film. Dillon discusses the goal of the Jane Powell film.

Technological Advances (02:09)

Dillon discusses the impact of technology on the film industry. He considers pros and cons of advancements.

Credits: Cinematographer: Documentary & News Estel Dillon—How to Make It In Film (00:58)

Credits: Cinematographer: Documentary & News Estel Dillon—How to Make It In Film

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Estel Dillon is a photographer and editor with over 30 year's experience working at NBC, NBC News, NBC Universal, NBC News Washington, D.C., and WWBT-TV. His awards include a National Emmy, several first place awards from the White House News Photographer's Association, NPPA awards, regional Emmy awards and, the NBC Ovation award.

Length: 29 minutes

Item#: BVL118094

Copyright date: ©2016

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