Join us at METRO for this three-part overview of DIY storytelling with video and sound on:

  • Thursday, July 12th from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM;
  • Thursday, July 19th from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM; and
  • Thursday, July 26th from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

METRO Library Council

599 11th Avenue, 8th Floor

New York, NY 10036

These three sessions will provide a broad understanding of the process, conceptualization, pre-production, production and post-production of filming a short story using a smartphone or DSLR camera with a do-it-yourself approach.

Participants will explore their own creativity, interests, and personal strengths in various technologies and their role in the production process. They will examine the underlying forms, principles and processes of filmmaking/photography as both makers and consumers, while designing a project in the areas of film, photography, sound, lighting and post-production using digital media. This course focuses on the basic use of a range of equipment and software as applied to practical and friendly approaches to storytelling.

Press here for more information on Tickets $75 – $200.

Ideally, the student will produce a final film project in one of the following forms: a short documentary, a short narrative, a photo-essay, or an experimental piece, no longer than 3 – 5 minutes.

Day 1, July 12th

  • Hour 1:
    • Introductions and topics
      • Understanding the idea, goals, and audience
      • The video-making process
      • Video Fundamentals (The shot)
      • The B-roll
      • Writing a script and making the shot list / storyboards
      • Pre-Production
      • Production
      • Post-Production
  • Hour 2:
    • Storytelling Techniques
    • Introduction to mobile filmmaking equipment
    • An introduction to Filmic Pro app
    • Basic Rigging of a DSLR and smartphone
    • The crew
  • Hour 3:
    • Filming exercise:
      Basic interpretation of the shot list, storyboard and compiling coverage
    • Downloading filmic material and sound

Assignment: TBD

Day 2, July 19th

  • Hour 1:
    • Review assignments
    • Equipment: video, lighting, sound, post production
  • Hour 2:
    • Location Tips
    • Creating mood with lighting
    • Audio (appropriate microphones)
    • Setting up and executing a basic Interview
  • Hour3:
    • Hands-on Interview Exercise

Assignment: TBD

Day 3, July 26th

  • Hour 1:
    • Review assignments
    • Editing on a timeline
    • Essential editing techniques
    • Essential audio techniques
    • Appropriate output codecs to export your short.
  • Hour 2:
    • Hands on Editing exercise to finish individual shorts
  • Hour 3:
    • Screening of individual shorts

What to bring:

  • A laptop (or click here to borrow one of METRO’s for $5.00).

    Please have Adobe Premier Pro pre-loaded. If you don’t own a license, you can download a free, 7-day trial version of Creative Cloud here.

About our instructor:

Oscar Frasser working on a special project. Photo javier Castaño

Oscar Frasser working on a special project in 2011. Photo javier Castaño

Oscar Frasser is a professional image-maker and storyteller with a focus on human rights human rights issues and Latin American topics. With over 20 years of experience as a photographer, cinematographer and filmmaker, Oscar has worked extensively in the areas of documentary filmmaking, photojournalism, media education and advertising. Oscar has won multiple awards in both the United States and internationally for his films and photo exhibitions. Oscar is currently specializing his cinematography work with drones, teaching as an Adjunct Professor of Filmmaking­ at The New School and working as a freelancer in video and photojournalism for the Associated Press at the United Nations and Notimex, a National News Agency of Mexico.