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  • “Bob Sacha taught me to think about storytelling in a completely different, and much more effective, way than I ever had before.” Chris Linder , photographer, scientist and multimedia producer.

  • “Bob Sacha changed the way I work. His workshop helped me learn how to tap into the emotion of storytelling and the importance of good audio.” Lauren Hermele, photographer, Fulbright Grantee and translator.

 

captured with my iPhone 7 in Central Park, 2017

 

Summer is Workshop time and I’m thrilled to be teaching several fun classes in 2018. Come join me this summer as we walk off into the sunset to make great stories.

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VISUAL STORYTELLING – CREATING COMPELLING MULTIMEDIA PIECES

May 30 – June 3rd   NORD Photography Workshop,  SAGA – Inderøy – Norway

captured with my iPhone 7 in Trondheim, Norway, 2017

 Discover the amazing significance you can add to your visual storytelling by introducing sound and motion. You’ll be free to work in any media, with any device, from your phone to a DSLR to a video camera and/or audio recorder to create a textured  story. The focus will be on storytelling, and how by mixing different platforms you will enhance the experience of your viewer.

FINAL SHOW: VISUAL STORYTELLING WITH BOB SACHA from NORDphotography on Vimeo.

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NEW MEDIA,NEW WORLDS

August 12-18,  2018  Maine Media Workshops, Rockport, Maine

captured with my iPhone 7 in Houston, Texas 2017

In today’s culture of up to the moment news, storytellers are everyday citizens and they are sharing breaking news and heartfelt stories directly to social media via smart phones and DSLR cameras.

We will work with various social media platforms such as Instagram, Vine and Vimeo to push your work into the forefront of today. We will work to create factual, to the point films that are mindful of the time people now spend looking for news.

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THE ART OF THE IPHONE FILM

August 19-25,  2018  Maine Media Workshops, Rockport, Maine

captured with my iPhone 7 on Wall Street, 2016

 The iPhone has become a dynamic tool in filmmaking and photography.  Two recent high-profile feature films made for theatrical release – one by Steven Soderbergh, the other a Sundance hit – were recently shot entirely on iPhones.  While iPhone users have long been aware of their ability to create spontaneous films, what are the implications for using this tool to create sophisticated narratives for fiction or non-fiction, and experimental films?  How is it changing the cinematic landscape?  Join us and find out.   Expect a playful and fascinating week.

In the early 1960s, the French New Wave changed the face of international filmmaking with a new aesthetic and attitude –  one made possible by the portability of new lightweight cameras.  The iPhone (and its sister devices) are changing the game again.  Small enough to be convenient, economical, and discreet; powerful enough to allow for projection on a large screen, the iPhone offers new possibilities for portability and intimacy in filmmaking techniques.  

Recommended for filmmakers, photographers, educators, and professionals looking for cost-effective solutions that do not sacrifice video quality.

The workshop will also explore inexpensive but powerful apps including FiLMiC Pro, lens and stabilization options, audio recording, accessories, and workflows for editing in-device or on your computer.  

Using an iPhone (or similar device) and iMovie, students will create & edit a short non-fiction film or experimental film of five minutes or less.  Alternatively, students are welcome to create a cinematic exercise that evokes a dramatic narrative in the way it employs camera, shot progression, and visual storytelling – but must appreciate that the class will not cover writing, dramatic staging, or the direction of actors. 

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 NEW MEDIA, NEW WORLD

July 29-August 3, 2018 Santa Fe Photo Workshops, Santa Fe, New Mexico

captured with my iPhone 7 at the Whitney Museum, 2017

captured with my iPhone 7 at MeowWolf,SantaFe, 2016

We’re living in the age of online sharing, and visual media is what everyone is sharing. If you have a camera and an internet connection, you can create compelling visual stories—short films, really—using video, audio, and stills.

Bob Sacha provides a primer for telling online stories, with a focus on sharing them via YouTube, Facebook, or Instagram. Together we watch outstanding examples of the genre, deconstructing what makes each one successful. We then work toward creating our own factual, to-the-point films that explicitly take into account the time people now spend looking for news, features, and fun.

An engaging story can be told using the camera of your choice: smartphone, DSLR, or video camera. In the interest of capturing clean, strong sound, we demo audio recorders and various microphones, from iPhone to wireless to shotgun. We also learn how to add interviews, music, and text to our stories. Audio-visual software like Adobe Premiere Pro and InqScribe allow us to delve even further into the art of storytelling.

By using these newfound techniques to build on the narrative skills you already possess, you are able to seriously elevate your work. The result? Funny, emotionally compelling visual stories that people want to watch.

 

 

captured with my iPhone 7 in Torino, Italy, 2017

 

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Video stories from previous workshops:

The Teddy Bear and the Rock by Tucker Walsh

The Teddy Bear & the Rock ©2010 by Tucker Walsh from teaching multimedia on Vimeo.

Do opposites attract?

Shot, recorded and produced by Tucker Walsh in a week in August 2010 as part of Bob Sacha’s Multimedia Master Class at the Maine Media Workshops.

Acceptance by Hannele Lahti

Acceptance ©2010 by Hannele Lahti from teaching multimedia on Vimeo.

A birthday brings Teisha Jones face to face with an important date in her family’s past.

Camera, Sound and Editing by Hannele Lahti in a week inAugust 2010 as part of Bob Sacha’s Multimedia Master Class at the Maine Media Workshops.

Fed Up by Tariq Zehawi

Fed Up ©2010 Tariq Zehawi from teaching multimedia on Vimeo.

Tariq Zehawi has going to the grocery store to pick up some toothpaste when he found his character. And what a wonderful chance encounter it turned out to be. Camera, Sound and Editing by Tariq Zehawi in one week at Bob Sacha’s Multimedia Masterclass at the Maine Media Workshops

 

Jewish Museum, Berlin.

Jewish Museum, Berlin.

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The ‘real’ SantaFe: 2009 Visual Storytelling with Audio Class

Just finished a week at the SantaFe Workshops with 11 students in Visual Storytelling with Audio . It was exhausting and exhilarating, in part because everyone worked so hard and made some really interesting (short) stories. This was pretty much the first time for these students to record a story, edit the audio, shoot, edit and tone the images and create a (short) multimedia piece. And they each did three pieces in the week.

The fun part was the reaction of other students after the final show. Several people came up to me with the same question: “Where did they find those people?” Secret is that the joy was not in finding the people but being able to get the people you meet everyday to relate their stories on tape and in photos.

All of the stories produced in class were wonderful but bandwidth allows me to share just two (short) stories. Neither story is quite what it seems. Enjoy and let me know what you think.

Josh Schachter’s Josie-Pie-O-Neer about SantaFe institution Josie Gallegos

and Lauren Hemerle’s tale about her Mom’s gardener, Jose Amormino.

A super shout out to Joe Weiss and SoundSlides, who helped by allowing us to use his program. I very much wanted this class to be about storytelling and not software and the ease of Soundslides made that possible. Thanks Joe!

 

National Geographic Expeditions On Assignment: Santa Fe, New Mexico Workshop 2009

I had the pleasure of leading nine very eager photographers, young and old, through some “assignments” near Santa Fe, New Mexico as part of a National Geographic Expeditions Photography Workshop .

Enjoy this short excerpt from the final slide show with photographs the students made at Eve’s Movie Ranch. It’s the first student slide show I’ve assembled on deadline using Final Cut Pro.

MediaStorm Advanced Multimedia Reporting Workshop, May, 2008

We do a lot of very serious stories at work so it was fun to find something lighter during the first MediaStorm workshop in NYC. Fellow MediaStorm producers Eric Maierson, Chad Stevens and I wore many hats, mostly teaching and producing but also helping out recording, shooting and editing. Check out the results.

This is the project I produced in the workshop.

And if you still have the stomach for it, you can peek backstage at the Workshop in this piece by boy wonder and MediaStorm’s first intern Tim McLaughlin.

On Assignment: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico Workshops 2007

I spent two weeks in November 2007 in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico teaching a pair of workshops for National Geographic Expeditions. I was blessed with two amazing groups of students, as well as two great co-teachers: Raul Touzon and Sarah Meghan Lee. The first week I filled in for National Geographic staff photographer Nick Nichols and the second week, I taught my scheduled and advertised workshop.

Both groups of students worked extremely hard and we were all thrilled with the work produced both weeks. Here’s the final slide show from the second week, the one where I was the advertised “prize-pig”, err, I mean the “lead teacher”. I recorded the ambient sounds and mixed the soundtrack.

The Tuscany Photo Workshops 2007

I’ve had a great summer in 2007 travelling and teaching. I wanted to share a bit of what the workshop experience is like for me. This workshop, The Spirit of People, was held at the Tuscany Photo Workshops in August 2007. To me, this is what it feels like to be in a weklong photo workshop.

The SantaFe Photo Workshops 2007

I spent a week at the SantaFe (New Mexico) Photo Workshops, teaching a new class: Visual Storytelling with Audio.

The nine students ranged from professional photographers to fine artists to teachers to advanced amateurs. It was a great group and they worked long hours using the Zoom H4 recorder and AudioTechnica mics, Audacity, IView Media Pro and Soundslides Plus in addition to their digital still cameras.

In a single day, each student recorded, photographed, edited, mixed and output a multimedia show. On the second day they found a new story and recorded, photographed, edited, mixed and output a new multimedia show. Then on the third day created another new multimedia piece from scratch. Their heads must have been spinning but each piece got better and better.

While you can see the entire show below –and everyone did extremely well– here these are two of my favorite Visual Storytelling with Audio pieces:

Rick Scibelli: Final Spring

Julie Skarratt: In This Moment

 

Visual Storytelling with Audio 2007 class

This is the final show with everyone’s work from the class, including Julie and Rick’s piece. It’s 14.53 long.

Please remember that before this class, no one had ever recorded much audio or produced a multimedia show by themselves. I think they did a fantastic job.

(Thanks to Joe Weiss for letting us use SoundSlides Plus, his new supercharged –and very cool– version of the classic media production tool that makes slide shows simple and now creates work that looks more and more like you’ve slaved away in Final Cut Pro )

Leaping into Digital at the Maine Media Workshops

August means another installment of the target=’blank’>Leaping into Digital class at the Maine Media Workshops in Rockport, Maine. Designed for people who want to jump from silver based film to digital media. The class worked hard and this week and here’s the final slide show.
I’m sure I’ll be teaching the class in 2008. If yuo have any questions, please drop me an email.

 

In 2006-2007 I taught two quarters of photography to undergrads at Ohio University’s School of Visual Communication as part of my Knight Fellowship.

To all the talented students whom I had the pleasure of meeting, thanks for making my teaching experience such a joy and wonder.

And…

I’ll let you in on a secret to success as a professional photographer:
Keep making photographs, all the time, every day.

Make it a part of your life.
Even if you don’t have any photo classes next quarter,

– create self-assignments,

-create a photo diary

-make a blog (like this one. It’s free),

-come show me what you’re working on. I love to look at pictures.

Competition is fierce. If you’re making photographs all the time, it’ll be a lot easier once you hit the real world.

I kept a few of my favorite multimedia presentations from those great students. Wish I could have kept them all but my personal server space is getting to be a crowded place;)

SOPHIE BORAZANIAN: Cattle Dogs

ERIC JONES: Bee Vacca

SHAENA MALLETT: Fashion Phobia

EMILY METZGER: Desired Addiction

Thanks again and keep in touch.

Bob Sacha