BRATTLEBORO -- Brattleboro Cable Television (BCTV) will hold four Spring Video Production Classes beginning on April 6. This will be an opportunity to learn to make videos to share with local residents on cable channels 8 and 10.
All classes, which are each $20, are held at the Municipal Center, 230 Main St., Suite #303, in Brattleboro. To sign up for any of these classes, call 802-257-0888 or visit www.brattleboroTV.org
-- Digital Storytelling: An Advanced Guide to Editing Techniques, Saturday, April 6, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. In this workshop, participants will begin by looking at and discussing several short documentary, art, experimental, and fiction video pieces as a way of looking at the storytelling techniques, camera and visualization techniques, and editing concepts that make them work (the grammar, vocabulary, and syntax of the moving image).
Part 1: Video as Storytelling. Importance of The Story, and different ways to tell it. The grammar and vocabulary of video/film (shots, sequences, framing, light, sound) and their uses to tell a story. The shot; framing; language and meaning; frame design; the cut, dissolve, and shot transitions and juxtapositions. Reflection and Critique for feedback and refinement of story elements. Analysis, reaction, and suggestions: how to ask for and get what helps.
Part 2: Looking at participants’ finished (or nearly finished) pieces. Participants are requested to bring in pieces they have finished or are working on, and aspects they would like feedback/critique on. Bring one video piece to be shared in class. The instructor will be Michael Hanish.
-- Single Camera Field Production, Wednesday, April 17, and Thursday, April 18, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Hands-on instruction on BCTV’s camcorders for general field production and storytelling. Includes introduction to BCTV’s equipment and instruction on tripod use, basic audio and lighting. There is no pre requisite for this class. The instructor will be Frederic Noyes.
-- Introduction to Digital Editing with Final Cut Pro, Saturday, April 20, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. This workshop includes plenty of hands-on learning with class designed to foster fundamental editing skills as well as the storytelling components of assembling a project. Capturing footage, cutting, and adding transitions, special effects, titles and audio tracks will be covered. No footage or previous editing projects are required. A working knowledge of Mac computers is expected. The instructor will be Roland Boyden.
-- Intermediate Editing with Final Cut Pro, Saturday, April 27, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. This workshop will focus on advanced editing techniques with Final Cut Pro 7. It will be an opportunity to master the complete tool palette, learn to utilize color correction filters, chroma keying, audio editing tips and tricks, and more. The final hour will be free-form with all questions answered. A completion of Introduction to Digital Editing workshop at BCTV is required, or email Roland Boyden, instructor of this workshop, at Roland@brattleborotv.org about prior experience.