Create multimedia documentary pieces without large crews or truckloads of gear

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Canon DSLR & Mirrorless cameras have revolutionized the way multimedia documentarians work, collapsing multiple mediums into one. Students in this workshop work directly with journalists who have robust experience shooting and editing DSLR & Mirrorless video for major non-fiction productions. Through hands-on demonstrations, lectures, and critiques, students learn the many advantages to using these cameras as a storytelling tool. Over the course of the week, students find, shoot, and edit character-driven stories about the local community. Instructors cover production workflow, audio syncing issues and the techniques necessary to make this powerful camera shine without the support of large crews or truckloads of gear.

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Image Credit: Amanda Piela, Header Image: Walker Bankson

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Instructor: Brian Kaufman

Brian Kaufman is a visual journalist and wilderness photographer based in the Great Lakes region. As Executive Video Producer at the Detroit Free Press, Kaufman bridges the gap between video journalism and documentary film. His work has been recognized with a Pulitzer Prize, three National Emmy Awards and a nomination in the craft category of Nature and Wildlife Cinematography. Kaufman’s film “Coldwater Kitchen,” which premiered at DOC NYC, won a James Beard Media Award in 2023. The film “12th and Clairmont,” which Kaufman directed and edited, was called “illuminating and innovatively crafted” by Variety Magazine. Passionate about teaching, Kaufman has coached visual storytelling workshops throughout the country and has been instrumental in spreading the craft of video journalism across the newspaper industry.