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In today’s culture of up to the moment news storytellers are everyday citizens and are sharing breaking news directly to social media via smart phones and DSLR cameras.

The skills you will learn in this class will build on the ones you already possess. Working with Final Cut Pro, Premiere Pro, Inscribe and Pluralyes you will delve into the art of storytelling.

We will work with various social media platforms such as Instagram, Vine and Vimeo to push your work into the forefront of today. We will work to create factual, to the point films that are mindful of the time people now spend looking for news.

  • Create video pieces with DSLR and Smartphones
  • Produce straightforward and unambiguous pieces
  • Explore efficient image and text combinations
  • Expand upon your recording skills – with shotgun, lav and smart phone mics
  • Examine video teases and engaging visual tweets and Instagram feeds to better inform your own work


Bob Sacha

Bob Sacha is an award-winning photographer, multimedia producer, documentary filmmaker, editor and teacher who first made his name as a magazine photojournalist. As a contributing photographer at both Life and National Geographic Magazine, he covered a variety of assignments around the world for more than 25 years, from New Orleans and New York City to China and Easter Island.

Recently he worked as a staff producer at the groundbreaking multimedia production studio, where his projects were nominated for three National News Emmys and won awards from the Online News Association, Editor & Publisher, the New York Photo Festival, the White House News Photographers Association and The Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards.

Times of Crisis, a year in the life of the world’s financial meltdown, won the Documentary Project of the Year in the 67th Picture of the Year International competition among many other awards. It was produced and edited in collaboration with Thompson Reuters, as was his first MediaStorm project, Bearing Witness: FIve Years of the Iraq War,which also received multiple international honors.

Now an independent storyteller, Bob has directed, produced, shot and edited nonfiction video stories for Starbucks, Apple, The Asia Society, the Council on Foreign Relations and the Open Society Foundations, among other international clients.

He is currently an adjunct professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and the new City University of NY Graduate School of Journalism, a journalism school with the soul of a Silicon Valley startup. He teaches and consults worldwide on documentary storytelling and new media for the internet and continues to shoot and realize nonfiction films, primarily for the web.

You can see his work online at

From one of Bob's students:

"Bob Sacha is a great teacher. Very helpful!"
- Caleb Kenna, Brandon, VT

"You really gave me the building blocks I needed to take my short films to the next level."
Miranda Loud, 2012 student


Course Dates

Aug 13 to Aug 19




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