Introduction to Multimedia Storytelling
Starts October 11
In-person. 4 sessions: Tuesdays, October 11-November 1, 6:30-9:30pm
Are you looking to get into video journalism or documentary filmmaking, but don’t know how to go about learning the skills? Do you have basic video shooting and editing knowledge and want to start shooting and producing stories? Looking to learn or improve interviewing skills and how to compile footage into a comprehensive story?
This hands-on course is designed to teach students how to become storytellers with their cameras. Learn how to dig deeper and tell powerful stories and go beyond the basics of your video skills. Students will learn how to compose, shoot, and interview a subject and combine their footage with B-roll to edit into a complete short-form video package (2-5 minutes long). All students will shoot, produce, edit, and present a story for the class.
Session 1: The power of storytelling and how great stories are based on transformation. Gear overview and audio basics, brainstorming, and how to choose a subject. Introduction to video interviewing. Composition, lighting, and how to ask the right questions. What makes a good interview? Finding the why behind the why and how to bring out emotion in your subject. Assignment will be given for students to come up with three story ideas.
Session 2: Story ideas reviewed and students will pick one story to pursue. Presentation on how to shoot, focus and capture action. Sequencing and building structure for a story as you document your subject. Group practice of gathering B-roll and shooting sequences.
Session 3: The power of audio and how to use music in multimedia. Advanced audio gear explored and discussed. Royalty-free music resources discussed, along with ethics in multimedia.
Session 4: Presentation of students’ final videos. Feedback and critique given.
- DSLR, mirrorless, or dedicated video camera and knowledge of how to use it
- Basic editing ability and access to editing software (i.e. Final Cut Pro or Adobe Premiere) as this class will not be teaching editing
- Tripod (preferably fluid head) and shotgun mic
Students may check out audio and video gear through FilmNorth and edit on Adobe Premiere in the FilmNorth edit lab (subject to availability, included in tuition).
Prerequisites: intro to video editing course through FilmNorth or elsewhere, your own computer (or access to one), and hard drive space for your video files.
NOTE: this in-person course is held at FilmNorth, 550 Vandalia Street, Suite 120, Saint Paul, MN 55114. FilmNorth is following CDC’s current COVID-19 guidance for Ramsey County:
- Masks are recommended for those who are unvaccinated, immunocompromised, or at high-risk for complications associated with COVID-19.
- People may choose to mask at any time.
- People with any COVID-19 symptoms, a positive test, or exposure to someone with COVID-19 should stay home.
- Free masks are available for students who need them (one per student per class).
Tuition: $245 regular | $185 member | $140 low-income
Tom Baker is a freelance photographer based in Minneapolis. He has a degree in photojournalism from the University of Montana School of Journalism and has been freelancing since 2007. He has worked at the Havre Daily News in Havre, MT, The Dalles Chronicle in The Dalles, OR, and the Portland Tribune in Portland, OR. His work has been published in the Star Tribune, MPR News, Associated Press, POLITICO, Agence-France Presse, Montana Standard, Draft Magazine, Rochester Magazine, and others.
Class Registration Guidelines & Cancellation Policy
- Space is assigned on a first-come basis. Registrations must include payment in full. Registrations are accepted after registration deadlines if space is available.
- If minimum enrollment has not been reached by 7 days prior to the start date of a class, FilmNorth may cancel it, in which case registrants will immediately be notified and receive a full refund within 2 business days. A check will be issued for registrations that were paid in cash. In lieu of a refund, students have the option of applying their tuition to another class scheduled in the same calendar year.
- For those wishing to cancel a registration prior to the class registration deadline, 100% of the tuition will be refunded minus a $25 administrative fee. For registration cancellations received after the registration deadline but prior to the first class session, 50% of the tuition will be refunded minus a $25 administrative fee. As of 5:00 pm the day prior to a class start date, no refunds or credits/exchanges will be given (Friday at 5:00 pm for Sunday classes).
- Tuition is not prorated for missed class sessions.