In May, Claudia and I taught a two-day video workshop at the Mission Local office. We’re teaching our next one Aug. 11-12, and thought the best way to describe what the class is like would be to hear from our students. Here’s what they thought:
“Anyone who is curious as to how to wield a DSLR to shoot videos or how to maneuver in the Final Cut Pro galaxy, this Mission Local course is essential.
“Hélène and Claudia (who taught the previous class) are fantastic teachers — knowledgeable, personable and patient. They shared their experiences from the frontlines of hyperlocal, multimedia journalism. Our class had a mix of working photographers, curious hobbyists and myself, a visually challenged print reporter looking to pick up some tips in a different medium.
“By the end of the class, I actually could explain what aperture and white balance were, and how those concepts applied to my video shooting. I learned some basic techniques on videography and editing, and I picked up some new insights on interviewing as well. For someone who came in with a modicum of experience shooting videos or photos, I’m a better photographer, videographer and journalist for taking this class. Highly recommended.” — Kevin L.
“The Mission Loc@l video workshop is a quick and fun way to learn basic video shooting and editing skills. Over one weekend in May I learned how to operate a DSLR video camera, scope out interesting locations and people in the Mission for a short clip we were making, and put it all together in Final Cut Pro the next day. Hélène and Claudia, who produce videos for MissionLoc@l and taught the workshop, were approachable, patient and fun teachers. I definitely recommend the workshop as a great intro to digital shooting and editing.” — Anne S.
“Last weekend, I took the first weekend video workshop offered by Mission Loc@l. As a Mission District resident, I have long been a fan of their website and wanted to pick up some video production and editing skills to both make my own films and to hopefully also do some video journalism for the site. Hélène and Claudia were excellent teachers and complemented each others’ styles. The first day we learned how to use a DSLR digital video camera and broke up into pairs and hit the streets to shoot with the goal of each group making a 1-minute clip. The next day we got an overview (learned as much as is possible in a morning) about how to use Final Cut Pro 7 editing software and set out to create, tell, and edit our stories. We learned by doing. I’d recommend the class. Perhaps it could take place over the course of 2 weekends so as to be able to learn more in depth about using the camera and especially Final Cut. Or not.” — Lisa G.
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