Develops beginning to intermediate skills and techniques in one or more forms of communication practice and media production.
Post-Production Techniques (Video Editing)
When we talk about visual storytelling, we often think only in terms of video. But visual storytelling can be so much more than that. In this course, we will gather all the other media that surround us, such as photos, art, artifacts, found material, archival gems, text, sound effects, and music, and use video editing to shape those elements into stories. Using non-linear video editing programs, and graphic design software, students will create and complete short visual storytelling assignments using the objects, sounds, and images that they find in their lives and communities.
Students will learn basic to intermediate non-linear editing techniques while also developing storytelling skills. This course will cover methods for incorporating visual and sound elements into a non-linear video editing landscape; scripting and story boarding; using graphic design software to create, alter, and convert visual story elements; and preparing video for distribution. Students will share and critique each others ideas and assignments.
Student learning goals
Gain an understanding of the role of post-production in the visual storytelling process
Learn how to edit video and audio using non-linear digital editing platforms
Learn how to organize and manage the visual and audio elements in a post-production project
Identify and understand the different formats and settings used in video and how to incorporate these formats into a digital post-production landscape
Learn how to find, alter, import, and incorporate analog material (photos, artifacts, etc) into a digital format
Learn to prepare and export completed videos for the web
General method of instruction
Hands-on exercises, small group editorial work, lectures.
An interest in visual storytelling, editing, and/or media production. No existing technical skills required. We will be working on MACs for almost every in-class exercise. Basic familiarity with MAC computers is helpful.
Media production is time-consuming. Students will be expected to complete video editing exercises outside of class. This may require coming to campus to use the Digital Media Lab when it is available outside of class time.
Class assignments and grading
Students will complete a handful of short visual storytelling assignments. They will also be required to organize their story ideas on paper, in the form of short project descriptions.
Most of the class grade will depend on participation and completion of assignments. Peer critique will be key in this course, and all students will be expected to receive peer feedback on their projects as well as to offer input on their classmates projects. Visual storytelling is a very subjective art. Grading of student projects will, therefore, not be based on the perceived integrity of each piece, but rather on each student's demonstrated effort to complete assignments on time and integrate new techniques and peer feedback into their work.