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Workshops designed for public access and independent media arts centers.

> Images and Sounds: An introduction to media literacy
One 3 hour meeting
Tim makes a film of the class while its members are responding to provocative quotations. The film becomes the basis for discussion of the difference between image and actuality. Later, a student acts as a model for an image, and the five senses are employed to further distinguish between person and image. The effect of sounds on images, the superimposition of images and and the juxtaposition of images are also demonstrated and discussed.

This workshop is ideal for new video producers, and has been made a pre-requisite for production at the Boston Neighborhood Network. In addition, Tim has adapted it for middle-school students at the South Area Solomon Schechter School, at YO TV in New York City, and at Swampscott High School.

> Editing Styles and Techniques
Two 3-hour meetings + one editing lab
Students are introduced to the history and current principles of film and video editing by viewing and discussing excerpts ranging from Eisenstein's Potemkin to recent documentaries, narrative films, music videos and commercials. Among subjects discussed: continuity and discontinuity in narration, geometry, color and movement; transitions (cuts, wipes, fades, dissolves); symbolic cutting (Hollywood and Russian montage, etc.). After the first session, students will be assigned to do a two-minute video edit of either documentary or fiction material provided by the instructor. In the second session we view and critique these edits. Prerequisite: basic acquaintance with cuts only editing. Limited to 12 students.

> Shooting Styles and Techniques
Two 3-hour meetings + one camcorder checkout
Students are introduced to historic and contemporary styles of camera work in both documentary and fiction filmmaking through excerpts from Hollywood and off-Hollywood films, as well as commercials and music videos. Between the first and second sessions, students are assigned to shoot a short scene in video using a script or subject provided by the instructor. They shoot it at least two of the styles discussed in the first session: "telephoto/close-up," "wide-angle/deep space," "day-for-night," "cinema-verité," etc. In the second session, we view and critique these styles and their effect on the look and meaning of the scene. Prerequisite: completion of at least one previous video. Limited to 12 students.

> Sound for Documentary Films and Videos
Two 3-hour meetings + one editing lab
In the first meeting, students examine the uses and abuses of commentative, synchronous, ambient sound and music in classic and contemporary documentary films. Various expressive uses of sound will be shown and analyzed: as reinforcement, as counterpoint, in the creation of locale, in the shortening and lengthening of time, as glue to hold disparate images together in montages, as emotional intensifier. Between the first and second sessions, students are given an image sequence along with various kinds of sounds, and will be asked to combine them in a two-track or three-track audio edit. The second class examines each of those edits in detail for the effect of the sounds on each other and on the images. Prerequisite: basic familiarity with two-track audio insert editing. Limited to 12 students.

> History of Documentary Styles and Techniques
Two 3-hour meetings
Students watch and discuss excerpts from documentaries ranging from Nanook of the North to MTV's The Real World. Emphasis will be on historical and cultural influences on contemporary documentary styles and techniques and their esthetic and ethical implications. Among the filmmakers whose work is shown and discussed are Robert Flaherty, Dziga Vertov, Esther Schub, John Grierson, Basil Wright, the Maysles Brothers, Dusan Makavejev, Alain Resnais, Jean Rouche, Kidlat Tahimik, Maximillian Schell, Muffy Meyer and Ellen Hovde, Kevin and Pierce Rafferty, Jayne Loader, Barbara Kopple, Ross McElwee and Roger Moore. Limited to 14 students.

> Documentary Immersion
Two 5 hour sessions

A more intense weekend version of the History of Documentary Styles and Techniques.

> Talking Heads: Interviewing Styles and Techniques
Two 3-hour meetings
In the first meeting, students learn through demonstration a series of skills, including: choosing a location, evaluating its acoustic properties; selecting and locating microphones, establishing rapport with the subject, asking effective questions; composing the shot; shooting for maximum editing flexibility; and lighting effectively, both outdoors and indoors. Students are then given interview assignments, which are critiqued in detail during the second session. Limited to 12 students. Prerequisite: completion of at least one previous video.

> Recent One-Off Workshops
L'Chaim CD-ROM production workshop
In collaboration with Marla Olsberg, who secured funding from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Tim designed a series of media literacy and production workshops in which middle schoolers at the South Area Solomon Schechter Day School learned how to analyze and record images and sounds in order to make a CD-Rom about the L'Chaim project. Designed by Jane Cohen, the school principal, L'Chaim had twenty sixth, seventh and eighth graders interview holocaust survivors on how they had re-constructed their lives since 1945, with a view to discovering positive lessons from the experience that could empower contemporary Jewish youth. The images and sounds made by the students were then put into an interface designed by Tim and Karen Ellzey, with assistance from David Cheda. Jasmin Sung created PC and Mac CD-Rom masters from which 300 copies were made with the assistance of Simon Olsberg and the Caliper corporation. The CD's were then distributed to L'Chaim supporters at a celebratory event in May of 2002. Plans are currently (2004) underway for a L’Chaim II led by Marla and Natasha Freidus of Creative Narrations. (www.creativenarrations.net).

> Film & Architecture
Eight 3 hour sessions over two months.

A seminar created for the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture. Currently being adapted for local university classes. Contact Tim for details.




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