At the heart of most compelling, provocative or surprising stories is an interview with the subject or subjects of the story. In this workshop, we'll discuss finding those stories, interview techniques, what questions to ask, how to convince reticent subjects to speak, and what makes for "good tape". We'll put the tools we've just learned to work on each other with short interviews. We'll delve into about ambient and scene sound — how to identify it and capture it, and how to structure a story, using interview and ambient tape. By examining some successful pieces, we'll figure out why they worked, how they were achieved and how audio fits into multimedia stories. You will be asked to find a story prior to attending the workshop, and you will then dedicate the second part of the week to recording your story and editing it. The course will include the technical aspects of recording audio on professional equipment as well as audio editing and mixing on the industry's standard software - ProTools. No previous knowledge of digital editing is necessary.
Suzi Piker is an awarding-winning digital journalist, producer and storyteller with over 14 years of experience.
Suzi served as multimedia producer for the Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram, where she specialized in audio, video and digital project production. In 2011, she won two First-Place NEAPNEA awards for multimedia project presentation. Before moving to Maine, Suzi was Online Editor at Boston magazine.
In October 2011, Suzi left the Portland Press Herald to become Chief Storyteller at United Way of Greater Portland.
A graduate of the radio documentary program at the SALT Institute for Documentary Studies, her audio work has appeared on NPR’s “All Things Considered.” In 2008, her collaborative documentary film “Let’s Make a Deal” won First Place in the Portland Phoenix Short Film Festival. She has taught audio editing at WMPG in Portland, Maine, as well as basic audio and multimedia production techniques to photography and writing students at the SALT Institute.