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OSA 026-S20-2 SALT: Visual Storytelling With Archival Film Editing ONLINE

OSA 026-S20-2 SALT: Visual Storytelling With Archival Film Editing ONLINE


Maximum Enrollment: 12 LBS

Course Description


Tell a story. Tell your story — and learn how to use the footage of one hundred years of film history as your collage. 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, students will learn to edit film using archival film material from public archives.  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.

Check out the video by faculty Erin Murphy below for more about this class, and join us Thursday, June 18 at 12 Noon for a Q&A with Erin — register here!

Tuition: $525

CEUs: 3.5

** 50% OFF FOR SALT ALUMNI! Please email us at cstudy@meca.edu to register. **


Online class meetings:

Monday, July 13: 10am-12pm

Wednesday, July 15: 10am-11am

Tuesday July 21: 11am-12pm, and 6pm for the Final Screening

This course will take place 100% online. Students will occasionally meet with each other and the instructor, Erin Murphy, using Zoom in real time. In this course students will use Adobe Premiere Pro. Students should have access to this program as well as a computer with at least 8GB of RAM and at least 50GB of open hard-drive space. We recommend purchasing an external hard-drive that is compatible with your computer and that has at least a spin rate of 7200 rpm if you need more space. Students will also need access to a webcam for class meetings and a smart phone for audio recording. We suggest, but it is not required, that students also have access to a microphone and an audio recorder for voiceover work. Please note the Adobe Premiere trial only lasts seven days, but they do offer a monthly subscription option.

 Adobe offers some great tutorials. You can access them here: https://helpx.adobe.com/premiere-pro/tutorials.html

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. 


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.
Learn more: www.erineileenmurphy.com.



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