Making Your Own Nature Film

Synchronous online sessions, Wednesdays, April 6 – May 25, 2:00 – 4:00 pm.

Instructor: Dr Roger Kuhns is an author, performer, and film maker with a background in geology and environmental science.  He has been producing videos focused on sustainability, music, and comedy for many years.  His first feature length film, “Escarpment”, is a documentary about the natural history of the Niagara Escarpment and was released in 2017.  The film won an Award of Recognition from the 2017 Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards, was a Semi-Finalist in the 2017 Los Angeles CineFest, and official selection in the Miami and Great Lakes film festivals. Roger enjoys the art of storytelling through film and he is already working on his next feature film.

The course:  Take this course to learn how to create your own nature film!  We will begin by considering vision, or how to tell your story through film.  The course will also cover scripts, settings, equipment, computer programs for film making, cinematography, and mix-down.  Projects will be assigned each week, and at the end of the 8-week class each student will have a finished 5-10 minute movie.  Each week will begin with a critique and Q&A for 10 minutes about the previous weeks efforts. Extra time will be allowed for help with specific students and their projects.  This course is appropriate for students with little experience with making films, as well as those who want to hone their skills and take their film making to the next level.

The course will be offered online via Zoom.  Internet access is required for this class. Click here for the class syllabus.

The course will be limited to 12 students to allow for personalized instruction.  Students should have a smart phone, camera, GoPro or camcorder to shoot video for class projects.  Projects will be posted on a Dropbox account so they can be shared with the class.  Students will also need a computer for editing video files. Software that can be used will be discussed in class.  Free options for both Macintosh and Microsoft computers are available.

Workshop fee: $110.00. Available for 1.6 CEU. Not offered for college credit.