I’m super excited to announce my list of workshops for 2019. Come along and join me. If you have questions, please let me know via email.
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.
You hold in your hand one of the most powerful and artistic storytelling tools in history: your smartphone. In this workshop, students have a unique opportunity to utilize and explore the possibilities of storytelling with a smartphone. The workshop emphasizes storytelling over technology, using the smartphone to capture photos, video, audio, notes, sketches and found media for a documentary-style project. Students edit using the phone or computer to create short, visually-focused narratives.
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.
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.
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.
I’ve been teaching workshops for more than 15 years, so long that the technology we used to create those stories is out of date. So I wanted to offer a few past examples of workshops that I really liked–and that has tech that still plays.
The Teddy Bear and the Rock by Tucker Walsh
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
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
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
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.