In the past century, humans have created (and forgotten about) so many visual objects -- from 16mm films of vacations, to snapshots of graduations and birthdays, to instructional filmstrips, and recorded music performances. Luckily the Internet Archive and a few other institutional repositories have preserved some of this material for us. In this course, we will take these ephemeral objects and bring them into a conversation with the present. Students will learn how to develop an idea using these materials, turn that idea into a story, and edit that story into a compelling short film.
Due to the considerable amount of advanced planning, no refunds will be issued for SALT Intensives. If MECA cancels an intensive all tuition and fees will be refunded to the student. In case of cancellation please make sure that all housing and transportation is refundable. You will be alerted on May 1st if the intensive has been canceled.
Erin Murphy is a documentary filmmaker and educator based in Portland, Maine. She is currently in post-production on her first feature-length documentary, WAZO:IDEA. Her film is a collaboration with the members of Kesho Wazo, a youth-activist art collective. Her work has screened at the Maine International Film Festival, the Rochester International Film Festival, the Big Muddy Film Festival, and on MPBN. As a freelancer, Erin has shot and produced over 20 short documentaries for clients in Maine and Massachusetts. She is a visiting instructor at Colby College and teaches courses on documentary filmmaking and digital storytelling.