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Video StorytellingVideo is everywhere. Digital screens are the fabric of life. We rely on a constant stream of content to form opinions, engage with people and brands, buy and sell, socialize, entertain and educate ourselves. Millions of people are creating billions of hours of video. Our self-promotion and self-expression is expressed through video. Learn that creative process in this four-part intensive, from the first spark of inspiration, through pre-production, shooting, audio, lighting, editing and post.
- How to produce engaging content targeted at different audiences, or for different purposes…such as brand journalism, vlogging, marketing, documentary, etc.
- Students will learn the cinematic/narrative use of their camera, be it a DSLR camera, or a smartphone camera.
- How to plan and shoot covering images/b-roll, standups and interviews; style and techniques needed to capture and build a narrative for video.
- The art of production; how to anticipate and get the best out of your shoots, leaving yourself in a good position to succeed when you’re editing.
- Introduction to three point lighting, ambient lighting, and room lighting. How to create professional looking lighting on location, in the field, on a budget…or not.
- Introduction to audio. Recording interviews, standups and natural sound at a professional grade level.
- An overview and introduction to Premiere Pro; editing software made by Adobe.
- Editing and post-production skills, such as graphics and dynamic text, and simple animations that absolutely enhance the storytelling to capture an increasingly-distracted audience.
Instructor: Stephen Knifton
Stephen Knifton is a Toronto-born video producer and brand journalist. He began his career in network television news, working as a senior producer for the CBC in Toronto, and News Corp in New York City. He covered and produced multiple live and breaking news events; including 9/11, Gulf War, Iraq War, and has produced US election coverage and debates. He designed, created and produced a number of news and current affairs programs.
Following a career in television news, he started an online video production company, and went on to produce digital content and brand journalism for a wide variety of architects, designers, business development groups, developers, non-profits and government agencies in both Toronto, New York City and DC.
He teaches video production, video storytelling and post production at two different Toronto-area colleges, and won both a Peabody and an Emmy for his work in network news.
Category: Filmmaking Intensive
Maximum Capacity: 10
12 hours of instruction in 4 parts$150 /member$175 /nonmember