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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.

Just finished my summer workshop season for 2018 and I’m excited to share the amazing work from my 2 favorite classes:

 

 

Enjoy…

Captured with my iPhone 7 in Central Park, 2017

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I hope to be teaching similar classes next year so I’ll leave these 2018 classes up here until I get the dates for 2019

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VISUAL STORYTELLING – CREATING SHORT POWERFUL VIDEOS FOR THE WEB

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

Discover the amazing significance you can add to your visual storytelling by introducing sound and motion.

Captured with my iPhone 7 in Trondheim, Norway, 2017

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 Camden, Maine, 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.

captured with my iPhone 7, Philadelphia, 2017

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THE ART OF THE IPHONE FILM [or why Steven Soderbergh shot his last film with an iPhone]

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

 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.

Captured with my iPhone 7 on Wall Street, 2016

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. 

Captured with my iPhone 7 at the Whitney Museum, 2017

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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 MeowWoof, 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, Torino, Italy, 2017

 

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Video stories from previous workshops:

 

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.

Enjoy

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

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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.