Very cool stuff going on at this place. See below for two upcoming workshops.
Very cool stuff going on at this place. See below for two upcoming workshops.
Learn from one of the best in the biz in this audio workshop. Details below.
We will cover miking techniques, sound gathering, use of archival audio, how to make interviewees comfortable, how to frame evocative questions that make for compelling storytelling, how to listen (which is harder than it looks), how to use interviews in conjunction with images, field recording techniques, recording equipment and more. The workshop is customized to fit the projects you are working on.
People who attend come from radio, film, multimedia, newspapers, photography, oral history, historical societies, farms, music, writing, libraries, archives, web design and beyond. The groups are always lively and good contacts are made.
The fee is $115. Of course, there will be a snack. The workshops are held in Francis Coppola's historic Zoetrope building in North Beach at 916 Kearny Street (at the corner of Columbus).
If you, or someone you know is interested, email email@example.com.
See you there,
The Kitchen Sisters
The lovely and talented Claire Schoen is once again offering her “Soup to Nuts” training on documentary radio production. Bay Area folks – you don’t want to miss this! Details below.
A 2-day intensive
on documentary radio production
This seminar will be held March 26 and 27, 2011.
Each day’s class will run from 10 am to 5:30 pm,
including 6 hours of class work, plus lunch and breaks.
It will be held at Claire’s studio in Berkeley, California
Class will be limited to 8 students.
The cost of the 2-day seminar is $250.
Through lectures, group discussion, Q & A, written handouts, and lots of audio demos, this two-day class will explore the ins and outs of creating a long-form radio documentary. Designed to meet the needs of mid-level producers, this seminar will also be accessible to individuals who have little or no experience in radio production.
Compelling audio documentary incorporates a creative weave of elements including narration, interviews, music, vérité scenes, character portraits, dramatizations, performances, archival tape and ambience beds. Students learn how these elements serve to paint a picture in sound.
Emphasis will be put on the production process. To this end, the class will examine the steps of concept development, research, pre-production, recording techniques, interviewing, writing, organizing tape, scripting, editing and mixing required to create an audio documentary.
Most importantly, we will focus on the art of storytelling. We will discuss dramatic structure, taking the listener through introduction, development and resolution of a story. And we will explore how character development brings the listener to the heart of the story.
Claire Schoen is a media producer, with a special focus on documentary radio. As a producer/director, she has created over 20 long-form radio documentaries and several documentary films, as well as numerous short works. As a sound designer she has recorded, edited and mixed sound for film, video, radio, webstory, museums and theater productions. Her radio documentaries have garnered numerous awards including NFCB Golden and Silver Reels, two Gracies, two Clarion awards, a PASS and a New York International Festival Silver. She has also shared in both a Peabody and a DuPont-Columbia.
Claire has taught documentary radio scriptwriting and production at numerous venues including U.C. Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism, Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies, Third Coast Audio Festival Conferences and AIR’s mentorship program.
Super-talented FC member and writer extraordinaire Chris Colin will be teaching a personal essay class at the Grotto this fall. You don’t want to miss this opportunity. Details below.
The Personal Essay, for Publication
Instructor: Chris Colin
Number of sessions: 3
Meeting times: Tuesday evenings, 6:30-9:30; Sept. 21, Sept. 28, Oct. 5
Course fee: $175
I like sandwiches. My fridge is sticky. Dad wore a beard. Our lives are full of banal but vital little bits, and god knows we should get more of them on paper. But spinning those bits into a publishable personal essay — the kind enjoyed by people other than our mothers — requires a specific and sometimes counterintuitive approach. This three-week workshop will help anyone from absolute beginners to practiced writers onto this path.
We will dissect the many approaches to a successful personal essay, from the straightforward to the unconventional. There will be reading, there will be writing. Did you spend six months on a desert island, sending smoke signals and gnawing porcupine? Cool, we’ll get you writing about it. But incredible personal histories are absolutely unrequired for this course, and for this genre. Some of the most memorable and affecting essays come from the most ordinary experiences, the most perceptive and polished from people who’d never picked up a pen before.
No need to arrive with a draft already written, but be prepared to write — and eventually workshop — over the duration of the class. Note: Class limited to 12 students.
Instructor bio: Chris Colin is the award-winning author of What Really Happened to the Class of ’93, and a former Salon.com editor. His essays have been published in the New York Times Magazine and other sections of the paper, as well as several anthologies. He’s also written for Mother Jones, Smithsonian, Men’s Journal, Conde Nast Portfolio, McSweeney’s, the New York Observer, San Francisco magazine, Women’s Health magazine, 7×7 and other publications, and was the longtime “On the Job” columnist for SFGate. http://www.chriscolin.com
Hi all. Are any of you interested in an intro to digital audio storytelling workshop in Rhinebeck next weekend? I'm supposed to teach it but somehow the summer has just slipped away and I haven't had time to promote it. So far only one person has signed up. We can reschedule it for later this fall, but I'd love to gauge general interest in this sort of thing. The class will be held at the fabulous Wing and Clover, 22 East Market Street in Rhinebeck. Let me know if this is something you'd like to do (either next weekend or in the future), and feel free to pass it on to anyone who might be interested – all ages welcome!
Stories are best told by the people who live them. In this class you will learn basic digital audio recording and editing to produce public-radio-style features, oral histories, and other sound-rich documentaries. As a class, we will create a short audio feature that you can use as a guide for future personal projects. We will cover interview and recording techniques, tips for telling stories with sound, and basic digital editing and mixing. Recording and editing equipment will be available for your use in class, but we will also discuss how to set up your own digital recording suite at home.
Instructor: Mia Lobel
Sunday, Aug. 15, 1:00-4:00
$70 ages: 14- adult
This isn’t cheap, but they do some very cool work. Grants may be available to attend. Details below.
New York City
November 15-19, 2010
We’ve completed our first 2010 summer intensive focusing on “earth” with high marks from attendees, from “a remarkable opportunity to return to the wellspring of the craft” to “I found the Q&A with Amy O’Leary super valuable for thinking about the future of audio journalism and journalism in general.”
Grab one of 10 available slots for our second week-long immersion – this time the focus is on “sky.” It’s a unique way to treat yourself to a deep dive into unconventional approaches to assembling sound and telling story. The cost is $650. AIR members who are accepted are eligible for a stipend to help underwrite the cost of the intensive and travel to NYC.
Producers benefit from intensely individualized attention from renowned sound artists-teachers, NYC-based composers and performers Michael Schumacher, Hans Tammen (Harvestworks) and Brenda Hutchinson (AIR), plus New York Times new media editor Amy O’Leary.
> THE DEADLINE FOR APPLYING IS THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 30. <<
Learn more, and – most importantly – apply now: http://www.airmedia.org/PageInfo.php?CatID=5&PageID=562
To listen to previous work and to hear interviews from past Sounds Elemental participants, visit: http://www.airmedia.org/AIRblast/audio/AIRmuse_May09.mp3
I haven't done one of these, but it's free, and seems like a good opportunity to brush up on some tech knowledge. Check it out!
This webinar will outline the 10 steps — and critical websites, social networks and gear — to help you become more tech savvy. We're also offering a primer on how to manage information overload. As always, attendees will receive notes, worksheets and a list of recommended tools.
The 10 steps we're going to feature, as well as all of the resources, are essential to survive in our increasingly digital world. The webinar is produced by our training website Knowledgewebb (http://www.knowledgewebb.net), which has been featured on MSNBC, FOX and NPR as well as in Entrepreneur Magazine as the go-to website to learn digital skills. We hold a few free webinars a year with more than 500 participants — and we always run out of space because our sessions are so popular. More details, along with registration, are here:http://bit.ly/dd6Na6.
Amy L. Webb
CEO + Principal
Webbmedia Group, LLC
Main Office: 267-342-4300
International: +00 (1) 267-342-4300
Valuable workshop on file digitization offered at Bay Area Video Coalition on June 7. BAVC is a great organization and the workshop price is pretty reasonable for this important info. Details below.
Two summer radio workshops offered by Rob Rosenthal, director of the radio program at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies and overall radio/sound guru. Details below. -Mia
PS: The Omega Institute is right in my neck of the woods so if you head this way, please drop me a line!
Maine Media Workshops
It's Rockport. It's Maine. It's beautiful. And, MMW fosters an incredible sense of community with photographers, videographers, and audio producers. Every one stays and eats and works on site. It's quite something. Here's a link: http://www.mainemedia.edu/instructors/multimedia/rob-rosenthal
Sound Works, A Radio Documentary Workshop
The Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, NY
I haven't been to the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY but I hear great things about it. It's a center for wellness and personal development. It, too, as far as I know, is all-inclusive with attendees living and eating and working on campus. Here's the link to the workshop. http://eomega.org/omega/workshops/a61d1c13f7d2134ee0280d39251103c8/
Let me know if you have any questions. Please send far and wide if you would.
30 Spurwink Ave.
So. Portland ME 04106
Director, Radio Program
Salt Institute for Documentary Studies
561 Congress Street
Portland ME 04101