Upcoming Workshops

Master Class - Anne Papillault & Jean-François Dars: Short Stories, Big Ideas


3 Sesssions - Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, October 6-8 TIME: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Instructor: Jean-François Dars and Anne Papillault
Fee: $125. $100 for Scribe members

Over three sessions, celebrated filmmakers Anne Papillault and Jean-François Dars teach participants how to make photographic short stories, using black and white still-images accompanied by a high quality audio interview. Their “histoires courtes” or short story technique allows filmmakers to explore big ideas in science and politics, using a narrative photomontage approach. This master class introduces participants both to production tools (hardware and software) and production methodologies.

We invite you to look at the Papillault & Dars website to see a sampling of their short story/histoires courtes approach.

Interested participants should write a very brief description of an idea that they would like to explore through the "short story" technique.

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Howard Weinberg: Why I Hate B-Roll


Wednesday, October 14, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Instructor: Howard Weinberg
Fee: $20. $10 for Scribe members

B-roll once was a useful term when it referred to shooting silent live-action footage for observational filmmaking. Now it often connotes generic shots to be used under narration or to cover interviews. Weinberg will discuss how thinking beyond B-roll can enliven your documentary filmmaking and how you can avoid the pitfall of making non-actors into bad actors.

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Oral History in the Digital Age


2 Sessions - October 21 and 28, 7:00PM - 9:00PM

Instructor: Charles Hardy
Fee: $35. $20 Scribe members

This workshop provides a broad-based introduction to oral history practice including project design, interview preparation and question lists, ethics and law, interviewing techniques, collection of supporting documents, the
construction of memory, presentation in multiple forms of media, and the preparation of materials for deposit in an archive.

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Orientation to Scribe


Monday, October 26, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM; Tuesday, December 1, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM; Monday, January 11, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Instructor: Scribe Staff
Fee: $0. Free

Scribe’s staff is on hand to answer your questions and give details about all of our programs.

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Intro to Adobe Premiere Pro


6 Sessions - Mondays, Starts October 26, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Instructor: Ryan Saunders
Fee: $195. $95 Scribe members

This workshop teaches students how to import, manage, and encode media; efficiently navigate Premiere’s workflow; and make use of editing tools for effects and transitions.

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Camera and Lighting


5 Sessions - Tuesdays and Thursdays, Starts October 27, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Instructor: Carlton Jones
Fee: $150. $115 Scribe members

Through hands-on exercises, participants will learn how tolight and shoot different situations including multi-subject interviews using various backdrops. Participants will also learn how to set up and light for multi-camera shoots while learning advanced camera functions. Basic knowledge of camera operation is required.

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Making a Successful Trailer


4 Sessions - Thursdays, Starts November 5, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Instructor: Ann Tegnell
Fee: $125. $100 Scribe members

Making the perfect film trailer is no small feat — accomplishing this task will take planning, persistence, and a set of skills that’s slightly different from what’s needed to make a feature-length film. Work with an award-winning editor to design and create your trailer for fundraising and festivals!

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Blueprint for Documentaries


Mondays, Starts November 9, 5 Sessions (no class on November 23 and 30)

Instructor: Louis Massiah
Fee: $125. $100 Scribe members

Turn your documentary idea into a workable shooting script. This workshop covers research, developing and visualizing ideas, scripting and storytelling techniques. Participants must submit a one-page description of their project prior to the first session.

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Game Development Workshop for Youth


3 Sessions - Tuesdays, Starts November 17, 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Instructor: Rachel Stine
Fee: $25. $10 Scribe member's family

Learn how to create a game using the program Twine for telling interactive stories! The workshop will include an introduction to the digital development process without any prior programming knowledge required. Participants will all have the chance to create finalized publishable stories by the end of the session.

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Writing with Sound: Audio as the Key to Multimedia Storytelling


3 Sessions - Tuesdays, Starts November 17, 7:00PM - 9:00PM

Instructor: Elisabeth Perez-Luna
Fee: $95. $75 Scribe members

Bring your ideas for audio stories and find out about: script writing, production planning, sound recording and editing. This workshop is relevant for audio, video and podcast producers.

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Taming the Beast-Finding Your Way to Fine Cut


12 Sessions - Once every month; Tuesday, Dec. 8, Jan. 19, and Feb. 9 for the Fall/Winter 2015-2016, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Instructor: David Felix Sutcliffe
Fee: $240. For One Year

Mary Lampson (editor of Harlan County U.S.A.) once described editing a documentary feature as “luring a beast out of its cage.” Guided by filmmaker David Felix Sutcliffe (Adama - PBS 2011, (T)ERROR - PBS/BBC 2016), participants will support and be supported by their respective partners as they work together, at monthly meetings over the course of one year, to realize their respective dreams and visions to lure “the beast” out of the footage on their hard drives, and onto the screen.

Note: this workshop is geared specifically towards filmmakers who have already shot a significant portion (50% or more) of a feature-length documentary. Participants are also asked to commit to the full 12 months.

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Audio Field Recording


4 Wednesdays - January 13, 20, 27, and February 3

Instructor: Jeff Towne
Fee: $120. $100 Scribe members

Improve your interviews and voice-overs by learning to acquire the best-quality sound for audio documentaries and multimedia productions.

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Master Class with Christine Choy: Why do I Make Films about Race and Race Relations?

Instructor: Christine Choy
Fee: $20. $10 Scribe members

Christine Choy uses film as a political/humanist tool. Most of her past projects have tackled the plight of minorities, social justice and/or understanding between two social or ethnic groups in the United States as well as around the world. Choy will show some segments from her films and discuss her portrayal of the interaction, understanding, perception and racism between two distinct and very different cultures.

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Music for Documentary


3 Thursdays - January 14, 21, and 28 TIME: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Instructor: Rodney Whittenberg
Fee: $125. $100 Scribe members

This workshop will discuss the artistic, logistic, and legal aspects of music placements and scoring for documentaries. Whittenberg will discuss the particular artistic demands placed on music used for film, documentary, television, and advertising; the best methods for finding a placement for your music; and the legalities of licensing music.

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