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Workshop: Taking the Intimidation Out of Video

By May 14, 2020May 29th, 2020Strictly Business Blog, Webinars

Video is what’s next, right? Video is what clients want! Video is what audiences want! Yet video scares you. I know, I have been there. Video looked overwhelmingly complex and way beyond me just a few years ago. But I was wrong. Now, I make videos full time for personal projects and for paying clients.

And you can too.

David H. Wells Award Winning Film

Haridwar Award Winning Film

Today’s successful narrative video maker creates brief, dramatic, visually compelling videos maximizing ambient sound and compelling visuals, while minimizing talking heads. In this class, you will learn how to make these “new” videos, working as a one-person band, gathering video, ambient audio, performing interviews, and gathering still photographs. We will explore the gear required for audio and video capture as well as options for software for editing your motion picture content into final videos. By going through the process from project inception, through capture, organizing and finally to outputting your film, we will take the intimidation out of video.

As an experienced media professional, you already have most of the skills needed to be as successful with moving images as you already are with still images. You just need someone to guide you through the transition from still photographer to film-maker. Then you need to dedicate time to make many videos, some for paying clients and some for yourself. As a still photographer you know that going out and photographing is what makes you a better photographer, and video is the same process. It takes a teacher and it takes practice.

The class will be taught remotely (five 90 minutes sessions, once a week over five weeks.) Some of the lessons will be adapted to the Covid-19 world we are in now, but the basic skills will apply now and in the future. We will explore ways of working creatively within the lockdown including how to use video conferencing for interviews and/or gathering audio.


Short Film Still

From the short film, Hanuman Jayanti, by David Helfer Wells

The choice of subject matter of the video that you will create during the class is completely your own. You want to find a subject – possibly researching multiple options in advance – which relates to the kind of work you do in the commercial market you work within. The subject can be virtually any person, organization, businesses, etc. that can be the subject of a two or three minute profile video.

Fee: $350

Workshop will run on Wednesdays – 6/3, 6/10, 6/17, 6/24, 7/1

1:30 – 3:00pm EST

Link to Workshop Schedule

Registration for Members Opens May 14th

Registration for Non-member Opens May 22th

Registration closes on June 1st

!! Course information including online video links will be sent after registration closes !!

David H. Wells

Director/Producer/Cinematographer/Editor David Helfer Wells is an award-winning visual storyteller, who worked initially as a newspaper photographer, then as a freelance magazine photographer, and most recently as a film-maker.  He divides his time between Providence, Rhode Island and Bangalore, India. One day you can find him creating still and moving images for clients, such as Edible Rhody and the Providence Preservation Society on the unique local culture of America’s smallest state. Other days he may be working on personal/grant funded projects on the beautiful Narragansett Bay with the support of Rhode Island’s Council for Humanities and State Council on the Arts.  In India’s “Silicon City” Bangalore, he is busy creating visual narratives for clients such as Bryn Mawr College and Aramco World or working on personal/grant funded projects supported by the Fulbright and Alicia Patterson Foundations. He has worked on assignment for such magazines as Fortune, Life, National Geographic, Newsweek, The Sunday New York Times, and Time, among others. One editor described him as a “…specialist in intercultural communication and visual narratives that excel in the creative mastery of light, shadow and sound, stills and video.” His films have been shown in festivals worldwide, including Bangalore, New York City, Rome, and San Francisco.

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