This Vermont Folklife
Center workshop, which will be held on Saturday, October 13, and Sunday,
October 14, gives participants the opportunity to create a short multi-media
documentary project from start to finish. Running from 10-4 each day at our
headquarters in Middlebury, 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.
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
For registration and
tuition information call (802) 388-4964 or visit http://www.vermontfolklifecenter.org/education/cultural-sustainability/workshops.php.
The deadline for registration is October 10, 2012.
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.
Scott holds an MA from
The New School (NYC) in International Affairs & Ethnographic Studies and a
BA in philosophy from Boston University. He is the Vermont Folklife Center’s
Digital Media Instructor, mentoring documentary media projects with students in
grades 4 through 12 in schools around the state.
Vermont Folklife Center's mission is to broaden, strengthen, and deepen our
understanding of Vermont and the surrounding region; to assure a repository for
our collective cultural memory; and to strengthen communities by building
connections among the diverse peoples of Vermont.