Upcoming Workshops

Planning a Low Budget Documentary


DATES: Thursdays, August, 28, September 4, 11, 18; TIME: 7:00PM - 9:00PM; SUMMER 2014

Instructor: Anula Shetty
Fee: $75.

Have an idea for a video documentary project? Learn how to develop and break down your idea into one-page treatment, create project production schedules and a sample budget. Ideal workshop for first time videomakers at the start of their projects!
Workshop Fee: $75; With Rea Tajiri's Master Class and Screening $85

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Rea Tajiri: The Essay Film


DATE: Wednesday, September 10; TIME: 7:00PM - 9:00PM; SUMMER 2014

Instructor: Rea Tajiri
Fee: $20. $10 for Scribe Members

Rea Tajiri’s eclectic body of film work include personal essay documentaries - History & Memory (1991) and Lordville (2013) – that draw from official histories, dominant cultural narratives, memories of the living, and spirits of the dead to destabilize conventions of historiography. In this Master Class, Tajiri will discuss how she uses the personal essay documentary to reimagine and recreate collective histories that have been submerged, lost, and stolen.

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Time-Lapse Filmmaking and Beyond with DSLRs


DATE: Saturday, September 13; TIME 11:00AM – 4:00PM (with ½ hour break); SUMMER 2014

Instructor: Richard Power Hoffman
Fee: $75.

Over the past several years, Richard Power Hoffmann has perfected a technique using a digital still camera exclusively to make films. This unique storytelling approach takes advantage of today's low cost yet high resolution DSLR cameras to acquire better than HD resolution imagery, and then dynamically manipulate it in post-production. Hoffmann will discuss how and why he has gravitated to this technique, and take the class through the process of using sequential photography, time-lapse, and making movies with stills in the hands-on portion of the class. Bring your own camera, and bring images to life!

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Responsive Media Production and Transmedia Activism


DATES: Thursdays, September 18, October 2, 9, and 16; TIME: 7:00PM - 9:00PM; SUMMER 2014

Instructor: Laura Deutch
Fee: $100.

Learn multimedia storytelling tools, interactive platforms, and nonlinear approaches to presenting your work. From interactive documentary to multimedia tools for community journalists we will explore possibilities for transmedia projects.

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Audio Field Recording


DATES: Wednesdays, September 24, October 1, 8, 15; TIME: 7:00PM - 9:00PM; SUMMER 2014

Instructor: Jeff Towne
Fee: $120.

Audio is half of video! Improve your interviews and voice-overs by learning to acquire the best-quality sound for audio documentaries and multimedia productions. In this four-part class, we'll discuss the best gear to use (and some good-enough alternatives) and techniques for using that equipment. Learn when to use an omni-directional mic, a shotgun, a lavaliere, or a boundary microphone, and where to place them. Do you need a pistol grip, or a boom, or will a firm grip on the mic suffice? When are the built-in mics on the recorder good enough? We'll talk about avoiding background noise and distortion, and what to do when you can't. We'll also cover computer-based processing and editing techniques for improving your recordings once they've been made.

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