Make Better Videos on Your Phone

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Taught by Michelle Smawley

Michelle Smawley is an award-winning non-fiction and news television producer, director, writer and media consultant whose work over the last 20 years has been featured on all three major television networks, PBS, cable and independent. Michelle has produced, directed and developed stories for NOW on PBS, 20/20, Primetime Live, 60 Minutes and Biography on A&E, to name a few. Michelle has also worked as a general assignment television reporter in Missouri and as a radio features reporter for an NPR affiliate in the Midwest. She could not be more thrilled to bring some of that experience to the canvass of the IPhone, Droid Incredible or PDA of your choice!

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Are you the office videographer? Are you privy to meetings, rallies, interviews and other important work events that you’d like to capture for posterity? Or perhaps you are the family filmmaker? The person to capture the baby’s first steps, a meaningful conversation with a parent who lives faraway, or your pets latest and greatest new trick.

And do you do it all on your phone or a Flipcam, without the aid of a fancy HD camera? In this class, we'll cover techniques for making those videos all the better:

Learn how to get a good interview from even the most unwilling subjects, whether it is for your job or your life’s work. 

We'll also explore beautiful technique to maximize the filming of those special moments. Through practice sessions we will go over the basics of interviewing, ways to simply and organically light your subjects and filmmaking 101 (framing, movement, etc.).

Feel free to bring a few videos already shot on your PDA for critique. You will leave this class inspired and emboldened to create new moments with some basic production know-how. So bring your Blackberry’s, your Droids, iPhones and Flipcams and let’s make some videos!

**This course can only accommodate Smartphones and Flipcams and you must already know the basics of the video function on your device.

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