At the heart of the most compelling non-fiction stories is the interview.

Oct 11, 2020 - Oct 17, 2020

Levels: Beginner, Intermediate,
Workshop Fee: $1195
Class Size: 14 (Max)

In this workshop, we’ll discuss the technological and methodological basics in capturing compelling stories. We’ll delve into 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 discuss why they work, how they were achieved and how audio fits into multimedia stories. You will be asked to find a story during your time at the workshop, and the 2nd half of your week you will dedicate 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 – Hindenburg and ProTools. No previous knowledge of digital editing is necessary.

Winter/Spring lodging and meal package available for $525. Includes breakfast and lunch Monday – Friday. Dinner services are not available during our Winter/Spring session. Meal plan (mandatory) without lodging $150. Plan to arrive on Sunday afternoon/evening to be rested for your workshop which will begin Monday morning, following registration. Workshops will end late Friday afternoon. Lodging is booked for a Saturday departure.

Image Credit:  Aidan Bliss, Header Image: Laurie Boucher

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Instructor: Suzi Pond

Suzi Pond is an awarding-winning digital journalist, producer and storyteller. She cut her journalism chops at Boston magazine as Online Editor and later at the Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram as a multimedia producer specializing in audio and video production. In 2011, Suzi became Chief Storyteller at United Way of Greater Portland where she creates audio and video stories that aim to engage the community. In 2015, Suzi founded two audio and video storytelling companies – Redbird Media Group and revel+spark. Her audio work has appeared on NPR’s “All Things Considered.” In 2011, she won two First-Place NEAPNEA awards. Her collaborative documentary film “Let’s Make a Deal” won First Place in the Portland Phoenix Short Film Festival.