COMMLD 536: Intensive Video Storytelling: Conceptualizing, Shooting, and Editing

Course Description:

Producing a video is a multi-step effort, with thoughtful decision-making involved throughout the process. How do the choices you make in the creation and delivery of your story affect the reception of your message? This course explores how engaging online video relies on effective storytelling. This skills-based course is designed to familiarize you with video tools associated with storytelling: specifically, how to develop, shoot, and edit video.

Storytelling has been part of the human experience since the formation of language. Today, the technology that surrounds the “tell” of a story (the modes and channels of communication) directly shapes a viewer’s experience. This course focuses on the practical decisions you make as you craft a narrative.

Given the compressed five-day timeline of this course, we will emphasize skills development. Because this class will be taught virtually you will practice these skills using devices you currently have available. This can be as simple as a phone or as advanced as a DSLR. The skills you will be demonstrating (including pre-production, videography, and video editing) are not dependent on the technology on hand.