Creating a Video Diary: Intro to Multimedia Storytelling
© Marina Thomé
Creating a Video Diary: Intro to Multimedia Storytelling
© Marina Thomé

Creating a Video Diary: Intro to Multimedia Storytelling

Dates: Wednesdays, Jan 17–Feb 21, 2024
Time: 1–3:30pm (ET)
Sessions: 7 (6 group sessions plus a private 1-on-1 session)
Limited enrollment: 6 students
Fee: $575
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Some stories are best told using a variety of components in addition to photographs — like video, audio, and text — to add a deeper dimension. In this course you’ll learn the basics of video/multimedia creation and it’s workflow, using easy tools to expand your storytelling skills. We’ll cover practical information on how to script a story, conduct interviews, and film with your camera or phone, as well as editing basics (using Adobe Premiere Pro) and publishing your video on a variety of platforms. We’ll analyze videos for inspiration and discuss creative production choices, including framing, camera movement, editing concepts, and sound. There are no boundaries; students can experiment with using archival material (old images or letters) or mixing documentary and biography with fiction. Through weekly tutorials and exercises, students will produce their own short 3-minute video diary or “letter.” Class sessions are 2.5 hours.

Please note: Students should have a good understanding of the camera or device they will be using in this class.
When will Marina Thomé teach her next class? She is wonderful.
—Lisa (New York City)
Marina creates a warm, accepting and encouraging environment and pushes just enough. As a result, each student’s final work was very personal, from the heart.
—Lisa (New York City)

Marina Thomé
Marina Thomé

Marina Thomé is a photographer and documentary filmmaker based in Portugal and Brazil. Marina works as a director, researcher, and editor for multimedia platforms and experiments with portraits, archives, and soundscapes. Her films have been presented in festivals in France, USA, Portugal, Spain, Germany, Colombia, and elsewhere, including the Margaret Mead Film Festival in New York and Festival Biarritz Latin America in France. She is the co-founder of Estúdio CRUA, an award-winning production company that connects new media and social impact. They produced the Hackathon Webdoc Project, involving over 100 participants in workshops on creating collaborative multi-platform documentaries. Marina holds masters degrees in Creative Documentary (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona) and in Communication, Art & Technology (Centro Universitário Belas Artes de São Paulo). She studied photojournalism and storytelling at the International Center of Photography (New York) and has taught multiplatform storytelling at art institutions in Brazil, Portugal, and Spain.

In 2023, she coordinated Arché, a creative development space for film professionals from Iberoamerican countries, at the Doclisboa and Porto/Post/Doc Festivals, organized by APORDOC-The Portuguese Documentary Association. She's currently working on her project Red Skies, a video installation supported by DG Arts (Portuguese Directorate-General for the Arts), to be presented in the Azores Islands.

Marina teaches multimedia, video, and multiplatform storytelling   for StrudelmediaLive.