Audio is a powerful medium for capturing human experience and human expression. In the context of cultural sustainability efforts, audio is an extremely useful tool for documenting local knowledge, exploring values and perceptions, and building resources for understanding and supporting cultural practices. Just take a few moments to listen to some of the audio clips on our blog and you’ll see what’s possible.
Intended for students, community members, staff members of non-profit cultural, community and social-service agencies, as well as professional researchers interested in learning more about audio recording options, this class will provide a basic introduction to the use of contemporary digital audio recording equipment in the context of ethnographic and oral history interviews.
Attendees will receive a thorough introduction to the fundamentals of digital audio, types of common field-recording microphones, and the use of flash-memory based audio recorders. The workshop includes hands-on exercises with equipment in an actual interview setting. We will use the Marantz PMD660 for these exercises, but the fundamental skills demonstrated will be applicable to most currently available digital audio recorders. In addition to the use of this equipment, we will also cover the selection and purchase of professional digital audio recording gear.
AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKER LEADS WORKSHOP ON SOCIAL DOCUMENTARIES
On Friday, June 17th, and Saturday, June 18th, the Vermont Folklife Center will host Conceiving and Planning a Social Documentary Film taught by filmmaker Mira Niagolova. The workshop will run from 9 am to 4 pm and will be held at the Vermont Folklife Center’s headquarters building in Middlebury. Social documentary films give insight and build awareness of issues of local and global concern through engaging and compelling narratives. With the advent of digital filmmaking, the Internet, and social media, the potential to make films that can work toward community engagement and social change has become vastly accessible. This two-day workshop will introduce attendees to the unique nature of social documentary films and guide them through fundamental questions in creating a documentary— including project conception, scriptwriting, production, distribution, and community outreach. As a part of the workshop attendees will review and critique selective excerpts from documentaries relating to various social, political, cultural, and historical issues and themes. The workshop will conclude with a “pitching session” where each participant will present his/her project to the class. Bulgarian born, Mira Niagolova is an internationally recognized, award-winning documentary filmmaker committed to telling socially conscious stories portrayed with sensitivity and compassion. Mira has more than 25 years of experience in both the film/TV industry and the nonprofit film sector. She has worked as a Film Producer/ Programmer with Bulgarian National Television, Distribution Manager with the National Film Board of Canada, and Executive Director of the Vermont International Film Festival. Conceiving and Planning a Social Documentary Film is a part of the Vermont Folklife Center’s new Cultural Sustainability Institute workshop series (http://www.vermontfolklifecenter.org/education/cultural-sustainability/). Cultural Sustainability provides a framework for examining human experience in present with an awareness of the past and a view toward the future. This workshop is limited to 14 participants and the registration deadline is June 13. Registration forms and tuition information are available on line or by calling (802) 388-4964. All classes are held in the Vermont Folklife Center building at 88 Main Street in downtown Middlebury.