Multimedia faculty Brad Horn is fresh off the site of a recent documentary he helped produce in March as part of a workshop run by multimedia production studio MediaStorm. Take Care follows 22-year old Virginia Gandee, a single mother living in Staten Island, NY. One is initially struck by her appearance, with bright red hair and a dozen tattoos, but over the course of eight minutes the film quickly pulls in its viewers with a deeper story of Gin’s personal history, hopes for her daughter’s future as well as her own, and the love and care she has for her family.
As Associate Producer, one of Brad’s main roles was to help gather good sound for the piece. Acknowledging that in multimedia, sound is the most important vehicle in communicating a story, he says “we basically started with a radio piece, and then added visuals”. The resulting story is a well-composed, compelling account of one woman’s struggles and hopes which challenges viewers to look beyond initial stereotypes and get to know Gin as a complex, caring person. “This was just a great example of what you can do with such a talented and energetic group of people”, he remarked, citing the contribution of New York Times Magazine photographer Gillian Laub as especially valuable. Currently Brad is working on another MediaStorm piece in Georgia.
When he’s not teaching at MMW or producing for other multimedia projects, Brad works as a reporter, producer, and anchor for National Public Radio member station WAER in Syracuse, New York. Here in Maine, Brad teaches Introduction to Audio Storytelling.