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

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.

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