Visual Storytelling: Create a Short Video Vignette

By ·Freelance Photographer + Startup Consultant

Class Project

Create a short video vignette that tells a story

"Never again will a single story be told as though it's the only one." -- John Berger

The art of storytelling has been with us since the dawn of civilization, but the visual means through which we create and share stories is evolving faster today than at any other point in human history. 
In this class, you'll learn to tell your story by producing your very own short video. Whether you aim to produce small personal pieces, product videos, documentaries, short films, or anything in between, we'll cover the cornerstones of emotionally-driven storytelling and a variety of approaches for bringing your stories to life on screens of any shape and size. 
Your project for this class will be to write and produce a 30-second vignette around the theme of how to "learn differently". You'll conceive of a (very) short story that strikes at the emotional aspects of great learning experiences. We'll give you the resources and insight to determine the right visual execution for your idea. And then you'll produce it! 
Don't let the last part worry you. Depending on your technical background, this could be as simple as getting creative with your iPhone or webcam -- or go nuts with fancy cameras, lighting and effects. No matter what the approach, the goal will be to make something that resonates emotionally with your viewers.
The class will run 2 weeks and your class project will be broken into 3 parts:
1. A written story / script
2. A written visual treatment for your story (w/ optional storyboards)
3. The final piece
Once finished, you'll have developed some new creative skills for adapting any story idea for the screen.
There's a bit of potential extra credit on this one: we'll choose our favorite vignettes to be featured in Skillshare's new brand company video featuring great students from our community, premiering in January 2013!
This class curriclum was co-produced with Nathan Heleine, co-founder of Crush + Lovely and head of MOTION, C+L's film production studio.
Looking forward to seeing you in class!

Level: Beginner

Helena Price

Freelance Photographer + Startup Consultant

Helena is a photographer, video producer, and head of all things content + communications at Skillshare. Prior to Skillshare, she served as Head of Communications at 1000memories (acquired by, managing all internal + external communications, content strategy, community and photo/video production. Over the last few years she's managed PR for Silicon Valley startups, record labels, and toured as a photographer with bands, helping them tell their story. She recently moved from San Francisco and now lives in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

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      Classes revolve around completing a project and collaborating with fellow students to give and get feedback on your work. Use Video Lessons and the Project Guide designed by your teacher to complete your class project.

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