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Video Production Workshops

The Library Media Services Video Production Specialist offers a variety of workshops to help train students and teachers with the video production software that Library Media Services has to offer. If you would like to reserve one of these workshops please request it on the Media Production Instruction Request form. Read more about the kinds of instructions that are available below.


30 Second Video Essay: Introduction to Adobe Premiere

The video essay is an emerging method for presenting critical analysis in academia. Paired with the diversity of experiences and skill levels within the classroom, how are we able to create a baseline for students of all levels to create a film essay? The “30 Second Video Essay” workshop fulfills this need. By limiting lecture time and increasing the hands-on experience, students are able to explore video editing, practice methods of obtaining clips, and start thinking about the mechanics of a video essay.


Films without Celluloid: Visual Literacy through Storyboarding

How do we tell a visual story? Can students use pre-production work to develop narrative logic and argumentation skills? Using Lev Kuleshov's teaching method as a base, this workshop is an analog method to teach video production. Initially created as a way to introduce nonlinear editing, "Films without Celluloid" evolved into a more interactive method to engage students. Melding screenwriting techniques and pre-production processes, students are able to create a dynamic narrative and apply it directly to their academics. This highly interactive workshop will have participants creating storyboards and using screenwriting techniques to make final long form stories. Additionally, by framing the workshop as a production planning exercise, students will also take away tools for effectively planning out their shoot.

Every Frame a Critic: Storyboarding as an Analytical Tool

One foundation of film criticism is scene analysis: the ability to watch media, deconstruct a scene, and communicate the scene's meaning to an audience. Using pre-production methods, students are exposed to new ways of looking at scene analysis and escaping the trap of summation. Drawing on elements of screenwriting and shot composition, the workshop enables students to look beyond the events that happen in media to gain a deeper understanding of filmmaking. This interactive workshop has participants learning elements of filmmaking and engaging in structured scene analysis.


It’s Always a Production Here: Introduction to Video Capture

Framed as a 'how to' workshop on filmed interviews, this workshop introduces students to fundamental filmmaking practices, such as three point lighting, framing a shot, and audio recordin for film. In tandem with filmmaking fundamentals, students also engage with interview skills and basic green screening.


The FX of Video Production: Introduction to Adobe After Effects

An extension of the 30 Second Video Essay, this workshop delves deeper into post-production. Students will learn how to link Adobe Premiere projects with After Effects projects, basic tools in After Effects, and color correction tools.


Invasion of the Pod(casting) People: Introduction to Adobe Audition

Framed as a 'how to' workshop on podcasting production, this workshop introduces students to audio mixing, editing, and recording. Students will also learn about microphone polar patterns/directionality, best practices for audio recording, basic soundscaping, and sound board operation. Additionally, students will engage with Adobe Audition and practice mixing tracks.