Multimedia Storytelling Workshop: Santa Fe

  • 7-day workshop led by an acclaimed National Geographic photographer and filmmaker
  • Delve into the ever-expanding world of multimedia technology and storytelling

Expedition Details

 

A melting pot of Spanish, Native American, and Wild West cultural influences, Santa Fe is home to a diverse group of people, each one of whom has a unique story to tell. Capture the colorful narratives of the city’s residents with guidance from a National Geographic photographer and filmmaker over the course of this seven-day workshop. Using Santa Fe’s historic adobe buildings, open-air markets, and surrounding snowcapped mountains as a backdrop, participants work in small teams to create a digital story that incorporates skills learned in the classroom. Daily talks and demonstrations will cover topics such as story choice and development, using multimedia equipment, audio recording, and basic sequencing and video-editing skills.

This workshop is designed for amateur photographers with a solid understanding of their digital cameras. A DSLR or mirrorless camera that shoots video* is recommended for this workshop. Computers with Adobe Premier Pro software will be provided for image and video editing.

Itinerary - 7 Days

Day 1 — Santa Fe, New Mexico

Arrive in Santa Fe and check into our hotel, located steps from the city’s historic plaza. Or settle into the accommodation of your choice. Join your instructor and fellow workshop participants this evening for a welcome reception and dinner.
Optional Accommodations: Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza (D)

Day 2 — Santa Fe

The workshop begins with an overview of how experts at National Geographic create dynamic multimedia pieces, from the story’s inception to the product’s final edit. Hear a talk on the fundamental principles behind digital storytelling before learning specific methods for capturing video using digital cameras and selecting appropriate audio options for recording sound. Practice interview techniques in teams, and then finish up your first day brainstorming story ideas for the course project.
Optional Accommodations: Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza (B,L)

Day 3 — Santa Fe

This morning’s talk will teach you the ins and outs of editing sound and images with Adobe Premier Pro software using footage from yesterday’s interview assignments in a parallel demonstration. After lunch, your team meets with the instructor to discuss potential story ideas. Perhaps you will document the history of a local family’s multi-generational tamale restaurant, a day in the life of a cowgirl, or the inspiration behind an intriguing piece of Mexican folk art. After you zero in on your topic, it’s time to jump in—make contact with your interview subjects, and assemble and prep equipment for tomorrow’s fieldwork.
Optional Accommodations: Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza (B,L)

Day 4 — Santa Fe

Head out into the field with your team today and start bringing your story to life. Film interviews with your subjects, record ambient sounds, and begin drafting narration. Capture additional stills and video footage around Santa Fe to enrich your descriptions. Tonight, gather in the classroom to review the day’s footage and plan for your final phases of shooting.
Optional Accommodations: Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza (B,L)

Days 5 & 6 — Santa Fe

Continue shooting story footage and collecting audio with your team this morning before returning to the classroom for a talk on finalizing your multimedia presentations in the postproduction phase. Begin pulling together the pieces of content and editing your story into a cohesive narrative. The next day, put the finishing touches on your story with help from your instructor, incorporating expert advice on finalizing the sound, stills, and motion of your presentation. Join your instructor and fellow participants for a final group dinner.
Optional Accommodations: Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza (B,L; B,L,D)

Day 7 — Santa Fe/Home

Present your completed story to the group this morning and receive final critiques from your instructor. After this closing session, depart for the airport to catch your flight home.
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National Geographic Expert

Bob Sacha

Bob SachaBob Sacha is an award-winning multimedia producer, documentary filmmaker, and editor who first made his name as a magazine photojournalist. A contributing photographer at National Geographic magazine, Bob covered assignments around the world, from New Orleans and New York City to China and Easter Island. More recently, he served as a producer at the multimedia production studio MediaStorm.org, where his multimedia work was nominated for two National News Emmys and won awards from the Online News Association, Editor & Publisher, the New York Photo Festival, the White House News Photographers Association and The Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards. Bob currently teaches video at The Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and works as the multimedia coach at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.

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Oct 25 - 31, 2015

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Dates

2015
  • Oct 25 - 31, 2015
2016
  • Apr 10 - 16, 2016

Expedition Cost

2015-2016

Without Hotel

$2,645

With Hotel

$3,540

Workshop prices are per person; price with hotel is based on double occupancy. For a single room, add $895. Applicable New Mexico sales tax is additional. Airfare from/to your home city is not included in the workshop cost.

Meals noted in the itinerary (two dinners, five lunches, and breakfast each day) are included.

What To Expect

This workshop is designed for amateur photographers with a solid understanding of their digital cameras. A DSLR or mirrorless camera that shoots video* is recommended for this workshop. Computers with Adobe Premier Pro software will be provided for image and video editing.

*Participants may borrow a Nikon DSLR camera that shoots video for the duration of the workshop.

Participants will need their own transportation during the week in order to drive to daily classroom sessions and individual assignment locations.