Tewfic El-Sawy

The Travel Documentary: Sound & Image

with Tewfic El-Sawy

This will be a multimedia class that allows its participants to concentrate on the story, rather than on the application. The purpose and aim of the class is to show photographers how to make quick work of slide show production (rivaling in content and quality the more complicated processes), using their own images and audio generated in the field, to produce a cogent travel documentary under the simulation of publishing deadlines. Half of the class’s time will be spent photographing in the field, while indoors time will be devoted to weaving the material into photo stories. Requirements for the class are Soundslides (free trial version available), Audacity (free audio editing program) and an audio digital recorder or an iPhone (or equivalent) audio recording app ( free Tascam PCM Recorder as an example).

Kael Alford & Thorne Anderson

Poetic Multimedia: Your voice in storytelling

with Kael Alford & Thorne Anderson

Multimedia storytelling can have the same power, intimacy and poetry as still photography. In this class we will help you bring a sophisticated photography aesthetic to your multimedia production. Students will produce stories that rely on strong still images with the added dimensions of moving images and audio to give greater voice to their subjects. You will learn how to frame and shoot lyrical video using motion as a composition device, how to conduct and edit useful audio interviews, and how to edit short multimedia videos using Final Cut Pro X. Students may work with traditional or experimental narrative styles. Your instructors have produced multimedia from conflict zones to back yards and have curated multimedia for editorial clients, museums, and gallery installations. We’ll discuss how to add video and audio without losing your voice as a still photographer, how to economize your video shooting to tell effective narratives, and how to record and edit audio and video by professional standards. This course is well suited to students looking to add creative audio and video skills to their photography repertoire, while maintaining their personal voice.

Students should arrive with DSLR cameras with video capability, audio recorders and ideally, tripods. Laptop computers with Final Cut Pro X are essential. Please contact faculty in advance for questions about affordable equipment, trial software, and tricking out your kit. We’re here to help make this possible and economical: kaelalford@gmail.com, thorneanderson@gmail.com

Here are some examples of recent student work, produced by Thorne Anderson’s students: http://heartofmexicostories.com/2014/

And a video piece produced by Kael Alford, to accompany a photography book and exhibition commissioned by the High Museum of Art in Atlanta (Bottom of da Boot: Louisiana’s Disappearing Coast): https://vimeo.com/91529537

See photography from Iraq by both Kael and Thorne here: http://www.unembedded.com

Adriana Zehbrauskas & Paula Bronstein

With Adriana Zehbrauskas & Paula Bronstein

Adriana and Paula will be team teaching to help every participant in our class make that quantum leap in their own evolution as a photographer no matter what level you are at. Together we aim to build confidence and help you learn how to approach and engage with your subject to reveal an intimate view of their lives. I We want you to excel in your story telling abilities and your editing skills so we review your progression each day and encourage you to develop your personal style and vision.

Henrik Kastenskov

Web Documentary

With Henrik Kastenskov

Have you ever had the experience of watching a story online just to click away before it was finished?
Of course you have. But did you ever stop to wonder why?
This class is about telling the story the right way – a way that will keep your audience glued to the screen and at the same time teach you to become a Storyteller for real.

Meeting your audience where they are, on the Internet, means changing your focus, your workflow and your attention without changing what really matters, namely great photography. It also means adding a new set of skills to your toolbox and working when everybody else is hanging out in the bar.
Expect a lot of hard work, a lot of fun – and massive amounts of pressure, that taps right into the core of why you wanted to become a photojournalist in the first place.

You will need to bring your lap top with Final Cut Pro X installed, a DSLR camera with video capability and an audio recorder.

Matt Black & James Whitlow Delano

Personal Vision in the Public World

With James Whitlow Delano and Matt Black

The challenge for every photographer is to find your own path and develop your own unique way of visual storytelling; in short, to produce one-­of­-a­-kind work that illuminates your subject through a powerful and authentic personal vision. In this workshop, James Whitlow Delano and Matt Black will offer personalized instruction on how to create a project and bring it to fruition. Participants will propose a story idea, go out and shoot daily, receive daily critiques and editing advice individually, and through class discussions.

In this workshop James and Matt will focus on building concrete strategies towards developing your ideas, deepening themes, and establishing an ongoing visual dialogue with your subject. Also, to work on a global level, photographers need to develop new survival and technical skills; and understand current trends in international journalism.

We will discuss global trends in photography, share personal projects and back ­stories behind the making of a photo essay and the challenge of full immersion in diverse places and cultures. We will talk about the different process when producing a successful multimedia project. The emphasis will be to offer participants strategies for creating photo essays that stand apart from the masses of images bombarding viewers every day. Your documentary style can be instantly recognizable.

Andrea Bruce

The Stories No One Wants to See and No One Wants to Cover

with Andrea Bruce

It is dangerous and thankless. Very few news organizations want to publish the photos and even fewer people want to actually look at them. Some people call the war in Iraq “the story of our generation.” It is important, without a doubt.  As is Afghanistan. AIDS in Africa. The Israeli/Palestinian conflict. But they are stories people don’t want to see. Maybe they have seen the same images too often. Or maybe they are frustrated by the hopelessness of the situations. We will explore ways to help our photos reach our audience and make them want to pay attention.
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