CRAFTING COMMUNITY VIDEO PROJECTS

A two-day workshop on Saturday October 13 and Sunday, October 14; 10 am to 4 pm. Read more for details.

For registration and tuition information call (802) 388-4964 or visit www.vermontfolklifecenter.org. The deadline for registration is October 10, 2012.


This workshop gives participants the opportunity to create a short multi-media documentary project from start to finish. The workshop will begin with conceptualizing a piece and end with publishing it digitally. The workshop will also survey ethics, aesthetics, and technique before developing and producing a project.

With historic Middlebury, Vermont, as the location, workshop participants will use photography, video, and audio recording to create a unique and artistic media piece that reflects the character of the place, the values of the local residents, and the aesthetics of the filmmakers.

Day One: The first morning the group will decide on a topic and then create a project structure —leading to a storyboard— to plan how various media (still images, audio, and moving images) will blend to form the piece. In the afternoon participants will go outside and work in teams recording around town, some shooting stills, others pursuing interviews, others recording ambient audio or shooting video.

Day Two: This day will be dedicated to editing the project using Final Cut Pro. Familiarity with the software and Macintosh computers is recommended, but not required. Participants will work in groups of two to edit individual aspects of the project as decided on the original storyboard. By the afternoon the groups will reconvene to put the components together and upload the finished piece onto Vimeo for the world to see.

Instructor Scott Miller is a documentary photographer and filmmaker originally from Vermont and Kenya. He has extensive international field  experience, having completed photographic and ethnographic projects in Kerala (India), southern Spain, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Queens, NY.