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Creating a Short Video Memoir – Virtual Edition

Starts October 17

(For 55+ participants)
8 sessions: Saturdays, October 17-December 12 (no class Nov. 28), 10am-12pm

Price: $25

As we grow older we gain new perspectives on our lives. This online course provides participants who are 55+ the opportunity to share a part of your journey by creating a short video memoir. This may include a compilation of stories, video, photographs, and other audio/visual elements. Teaching artist Pam Colby, a filmmaker and grand slam champion storyteller whose work has been featured on National Public Radio, will cover the principles of good storytelling.

Participants then learn the filmmaking techniques to spin an interesting idea into a compelling visual narrative by controlling the look, sound, and pace of your movie. We’ll cover the basics of video cameras, best practices for audio and lighting setups, interviewing techniques, the importance of B-roll, and basic editing.

All levels of experience are welcome, including beginners. This virtual class will work with you and your technology at hand. The minimum you’ll need is a cell phone capable of shooting video and a laptop or computer that can handle basic editing software. We’ll help you choose the best software; there are many free or inexpensive options. One-on-one online assistance with the teaching artist or teaching assistant will be available.

In the final class session we’ll view completed projects, give final feedback, and celebrate one another!

NOTE: Participation in this online course requires that you use the free Zoom cloud-based video conferencing service. For optimal performance it is highly recommended that you install Zoom on your computer rather than running it from a web browser. A few days prior to the class start date we’ll e-mail you the link and ID code needed to access this class on Zoom. Your instructor will be provided a student roster to take attendance. Click here for a tutorial on how to join a Zoom meeting and much more.

Pam Colby (teaching artist) has worked in television and film for over thirty years. Pam’s most recent narrative short, Perennial, about one woman’s struggle to recover from her wife’s death of Covid 19, is currently in post-production. Pam’s credits include both narrative and documentary film. Recently, Pam directed Not in My Lifetime (2018), a feature-length documentary that explores the impact of marriage equality legislation on artists, activists, and politicians. The film won the Audience Award for Best Minnesota Made Documentary Feature at the 2018 Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival. Pam’s love of storytelling led her to the Moth Storytelling competition where her GrandSLAM-winning story was featured on National Public Radio. Pam works as a freelance producer and director and has taught both narrative and documentary classes at FilmNorth since 2013.

Beth Peloff (teaching assistant) is a filmmaker who works in both documentary and animation with over ten years of experience making short films about people coming together to make art and community. Her films have played at festivals both locally and nationally. She has taught video production classes since 2004 and co-owns with animator/filmmaker John Akre Green Jeans Media, a Minneapolis-based video production and animation company that uses documentary storytelling to showcase the work of nonprofits. Since 2015, Beth and John have co-taught film classes to persons undergoing rehabilitation for a variety of complex medical conditions at the Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute in Golden Valley, MN.

View Jeff Holman’s 2019 class project Searching for My Mother here. View more Stories 55 participant films here.

Class Registration Cancellation Policy

  • For those wishing to cancel a registration prior to the first class session, your class fee will be refunded minus a $5 administrative fee. As of a class start date, no refunds or credits/exchanges will be given.




October 17, 2020 @ 10:00 am
December 12, 2020 @ 12:00 pm
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8 sessions: Saturdays, October 17-December 12 (no class Nov. 28), 10am-12pm