This class is for storytellers, designers, and creatives, anyone who whats to share the work and genius of their muses - be it a neighbor, a stranger, an object, a friend, or a place.
This class will teach you how to capture a story through video or moving pictures - a skill I've honed over the years as an avid explorer and video storyteller.
Material requirements for this class are mainly two things:
We'll break this class down into 5 key steps:
The first step is making that connection with your Muse (a person, thing, or place that inspires you). You'll also practice collaboration by involving others in this project - perhaps as Muse or as assistants. Step out of your comfort zone by meeting them halfway - tell their story, your way.
2. Find a Motif
Focus on a few topics to discuss or pick a theme for better video-storytelling. Ask yourself: What are the 3 things that inspire you most about your Muse and work your story around it.
Be prepared with some ideas on composition, lighting, location. You'll save time and money by making use of a 'shot quick-list' so you have enough footage to cover your story.
Next you'll learn the art and discipline of editing. You'll create a workflow and I'll share tips on what shots to keep and what to throw away. Inject life into your story by trusting your emotional response (if its not interesting to you, it won't be for anybody else).
The best part of creating video portraits is sharing them. More than anybody else, your Muse especially may find new value to their work. There is nothing quite like the satisfaction of being able to celebrate people and what they do! We can even start with our neighbors.
Remember, This Class is Project-Based!
For a final project you'll submit your video portrait that tells a story of someone or someone's work in video. Ideally that someone or something is inspiring to you and the goal of the workshop is to help you translate that Muse into moving pictures or video.
The final project can be in any video format, it can include photographs, animation, live performance, etc. and can be uploaded to youtube or vimeo for review. AND it should NOT be longer than 5 minutes long. It is a video-portrait, therefore short and sweet work just fine.
Special emphasis on resourcefulness and innovation! I didn't start shooting with a DSLR - I started with a sony mavica (first generation digital cameras using diskettes, borrowed from my highschool buddy Paul - remember those?) AND a good portion of video experimation with a usb webcam.
I'm an explorer, designer, video storyteller and collaborator. Some of my work include an experimental travel reportage with Francesco "Atopos" Conte called Project Greece, I have made animations and taught in a multimedia art school in Manila MMM, worked as an Arts Associate for The National Art Gallery in Singapore, conducted video workshops for environmental awareness with Enigmata in Camiguin Island, and created/participated in several inter-genre art events. Currently living with my two loves - husband and son in Rome, Italy.
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Sun, May 26th, 2013