Producers, shooters, and editors learn how to work collaboratively in contemporary journalism across all media under the outstanding guidance of Dirck Halstead.

These workshops are acknowledged as the gold standard of Digital Video training. In a week, students learn high-definition digital shooting and editing, with an emphasis on storytelling. It is unique in the industry. Graduates have gone on to do television documentaries, Web videos, especially for newspapers and even films.

There are two ways to attend this workshop. As a Shooter, students are the storyteller. They use wireless and on-camera mikes from Sennheiser, tripods from Libec and an Apple laptop MacBook Pro with the latest version of Final Cut Pro for editing. Participants may work alone, or with a Producer (see below), to create the class exercises and a final 3-5 minute documentary or news story. Students are required to bring their own HDSLR camera.

All students learn about the newest HD (High Definition Digital Video) cameras, field sound recording, cinematic storytelling, the use of lenses, tripods, and Apple's latest Final Cut Pro editing software. As a Producer, students do what the name implies in broadcast. They are an integral part of the process and the course, attending all classes and teaming up with shooters to "produce" the various segments of the course work. Producers work in collaboration with Shooters as they research stories, make arrangements, conduct the interviews, go out on the field exercises and co-produce the final project—always as a team. The Producer and the Shooter both come back to the edit bay and cut the projects together, just like in television. This in no way diminishes the role of the Shooter, who is the principal storyteller; the Producer gives the Shooter more time to concentrate on picture, sound and the story elements, resulting in a better learning for everyone and better told stories.

Tuition for "Shoot & Edit" is $1795.  Tuition for Producers is $900

Previous work from Platypus Workshops can be seen on the web site

We recommend that you rent a car since your assignments will take you off campus.

In addition to bringing their own HDSLR camera, students need to bring headphones (the kind that fit over the ears) and an external hard drive. Also recommended are a Zacuto or Leatherman finder.

NPPA, PPA, active duty military and ASMP members are eligible for a 10% discount.


Workshop sponsored by:Zacuto link Sennheiser link  

Course Dates

This course is not offered at this time.
Check our full workshop listing for other alternatives.

Please email us or call 1-877-577-7700 with any questions.



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