At the heart of most compelling, provocative or surprising stories is an interview with the subject or subjects of the story.  In this workshop, we'll discuss the technological and methodological basics in capturing those stories. We'll delve into about 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 figure out why they worked, 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 you will then dedicate the second part of the week 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.

Instructors

Suzi Piker

Suzi Piker 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.

A graduate of the radio documentary program at the SALT Institute for Documentary Studies, her audio work has appeared on NPR’s “All Things Considered.” In 2011, she won two First-Place NEAPNEA awards. In 2008, her collaborative documentary film “Let’s Make a Deal” won First Place in the Portland Phoenix Short Film Festival. Her teaching experience includes audio editing at WMPG in Portland, Maine, as well as basic audio and multimedia production techniques to photography and writing students at the SALT Institute for Documentary Studies.  

She is based in Freeport, Maine.

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