Levels: Core – 4 credits (Beginner, Intermediate)

This is a fall term introductory course for all PC students with concentrations in either video or photography. Students will gain a solid foundation in the basics of storytelling with video and multimedia. Lectures, demonstrations and assignments will cover key technical concepts of video capture, audio capture, editing, and storytelling technique and style. Composition of shot, Lighting, Story structure and the Interview process will all be covered.

The landscape of digital media and the outlets through which we can deliver content and tell stories are increasingly expansive. Philosophically, we seek that all of our students gain the ability to confidently use media capture devices and image making to meet the demands of the 21st century world. This 10-week immersion course will engage students in the many facets and possibilities of visual storytelling with The DSLR and other tools.

By the end of term students will feel comfortable with video capture, audio capture, editing, and utilizing these skills to create short visual pieces.

Header Image:  ©Madhura Srinivas (PCVS graduate 2016)

Instructor: Tom Ryan

Tom is a New England-based filmmaker and teacher. He has worked extensively in the worlds of commercial, corporate, and documentary film; freelancing with companies like Redtree, Timber & Frame Media, Knack Factory, and ESPN. He has produced independent work for a wide array of clients including Zillow and Carnegie Mellon University. As an editor, his work in fiction and documentary film has been shown in numerous festivals.

In addition to teaching Multimedia in the PCVS program, Tom also teaches a wide array of filmmaking workshops for students of all skill levels. He is deeply passionate about teaching, and creating curricula that both challenge students as well as support them in their growth and development as artists and storytellers.


Past Student Work, “Yuri Kobayashi”, Created by Jacklyn Grad, PCVS Fall Semester 2018