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The Art of Video Storytelling

Consider the ways humans are hardwired for storytelling and discover how to create films that appeal to your audience, using equipment you may already have.
The Art of Video Storytelling is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 32.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cheerful It was a great pleasure to watch. Bob Krist has a great sense of humor and he shares simply his huge experience.
Date published: 2022-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Friend and teacher So enjoyable to listen to his voice and beautifully breaks down concepts to make it accessible--loved hearing and then applying!
Date published: 2022-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Say it again Sam!! Bob Krist masterfully takes us thru the basics of moving into story telling with videos, by giving us a series of ministories, which in themselves are case examples of the techniques he teaches. Wow, this is one I will be watching and rewatching, with and without the audio track. I get it. Grazie molto Bob. Hopefully you will find time to dive down one of those side stories you hint at.
Date published: 2022-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Spot on Courses about art could easily go off-track since art is subjective. But Bob Krist remained laser focused and clear on what matters the most about filmmaking. I can't imagine a short course being packed with more relevant and useful material. More courses with Bob Krist please!
Date published: 2022-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Packed with helpful hints! I love Bob Krist's enthusiasm for telling a story using videos and stills. I knew very little about taking videos, and after "studying" this course, I have significantly upped my skill level.
Date published: 2022-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Start your journey here If, like me, you are an enthusiastic pro-am still photographer who is apprehensively considering video to expand your horizons you could not do better than to view this course to set you off in the right direction. It will give you the confidence to start out, the technical knowledge to make a plan and the desire to gain the experience in the real world... even if your objective is just to post something on social media that people don't laugh at.
Date published: 2022-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Give me more Bob Kirst, The Art of Video Storytelling, gave practical instruction for telling a story with video. He provides an excellent overview of the essential equipment and applications needed for constructing a video story. I am ready for part II in any one of the video elements; shooting a video, framing, audio, and editing.
Date published: 2022-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Everybody learns something I liked the course, the presenter and the informal atmosphere. This is a course for everybody, except a pro with 100 years of experience. It does not require you to run and buy the latest (expensive) equipment but provides practical, down to earth advice. Very useful.
Date published: 2022-01-29
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Overview

In The Art of Video Storytelling, Mr. Bob Krist, a renowned professional photographer and filmmaker, teaches this informative and insightful 12-lesson course designed to support you through each step of the filmmaking process. Beginning with preparation and equipment, you will see how to use the skills you already have in still photography to manifest excellence in all your filmmaking endeavors.

About

Bob Krist

As storytellers sharing the visual tales of our travels, we can act as small points of light that help everyone see the beauty and the humanity of this very small world in which we live.

INSTITUTION

National Geographic Photographer

Bob Krist is an award-winning photographer whose regular assignments for magazines such as National Geographic Traveler, Smithsonian, and Islands have taken him to all seven continents. Mr. Krist's work has won awards in the Pictures of the Year International, Communication Arts, and World Press Photo competitions. He was named Photographer of the Year by the Society of American Travel Writers in 1994, 2007, and 2008.

Mr. Krist's books include the New York Times best seller, In Tuscany, a collaboration with author Frances Mayes that features 270 pages of his photographs. He is also the author of Spirit of Place: The Art of the Traveling Photographer, and he provided photography for the books Caribbean; Portrait of the Caribbean; Lowcountry: From Charleston to Savannah; A Photo Tour of New York; and Impressions of Bucks County.

Mr. Krist is a Sony Artisan of Imagery and an avid filmmaker who shoots and produces short travel films for a variety of clients, including National Geographic. His movie about Iceland, A Thousand Autumns, won awards at the Johns Hopkins Film Festival, the Reykjavik International Film Festival, and the Trento Film Festival.

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Beyond Photos: Discovering Story with Video

01: Beyond Photos: Discovering Story with Video

The past 10 years have seen extraordinary changes in how we create and consume visual media. Join freelance photographer Bob Krist as he explains the importance and plausibility of bringing videography into your visual media repertoire. Dive into all that this outstanding course offers you while you’re on your path to skilled videography.

25 min
Using the Tools of Visual Storytelling

02: Using the Tools of Visual Storytelling

Storytelling is at the heart of all filmmaking. Learn about the universal “Hero’s Journey,” and how such structures can be used to create engagement for any audience. Then, explore the pros and cons of a variety of video equipment options, from the smartphone to the camcorder, and everything in between.

32 min
Speaking the Language of Video

03: Speaking the Language of Video

Just a little pre-existing knowledge of basic photography concepts will take you a long way in videography. Bob reviews both overlapping and new terminology, including frame rates, slow motion, resolution, bit depth and rate, and sensor size. Understand how each applies to still photography as well as video.

28 min
How to Shoot a Visual Story

04: How to Shoot a Visual Story

The passage of time in film requires an important shift in perspective. Instead of considering your shot only in terms of a single frame, explore the role of sequence, flow, and motion in your final product. Learn to make best use of neutral density filters to allow for shots with diverse lighting.

27 min
Video’s Five Framings and Ten Shots

05: Video’s Five Framings and Ten Shots

We know that visual stories require a sequence of images, carefully structured to make manifest the content of your story. Continue your study of videography with an exploration of the five framings and 10 shots that constitute the visual grammar of video.

26 min
A Story Told through Framing and Shots

06: A Story Told through Framing and Shots

Travel with our teacher to a small lobster village on the coast of Maine. Watch as he makes a video and teaches you more about the five framings and 10 shots in the context of an actual film. Finally, consider character, story arc, visuals, access, and timing as you plot your journey to filmmaking success.

24 min
The Four Pillars of Audio for Video

07: The Four Pillars of Audio for Video

Why is good audio so important and how can you guarantee that yours is high quality, using equipment that won’t break the bank? Whether you are recording ambient audio, narration, music, or sound effects, Bob shares with you tricks of the trade that will have your video sounding professional in no time.

28 min
Gearing Up as a Videographer

08: Gearing Up as a Videographer

The best choice in video accessories depends on you. Where are you going? What will you be filming? How much are you willing to carry, and what are you able to spend? Dive deep into the world of gear in this lesson, exploring options in tripods, sliders, gimbals, lights, and even actioncams.

25 min
Capturing a Place on Location

09: Capturing a Place on Location

In this lesson, depart the studio and venture up the beautiful coast of Maine, to the fishing village of Port Clyde and the Marshall Point Lighthouse. Here, learn how to turn even the most static scene into a view-worthy story with cinematic movement techniques and easy-to-use specialty equipment.

26 min
Creating a Personality Profile in Video

10: Creating a Personality Profile in Video

Continue your on-location work and expand your grasp on the five-point rubric for judging a visual story, as you delve into the short personality profile. See firsthand how to scout the location, choose the subject, and set up for lighting, in this brief tribute to the work of Jim the Blacksmith.

19 min
Making the Most of Video Interviews

11: Making the Most of Video Interviews

With your subject and location selected, it’s time to explore the fine art of the interview—questions, framing, audio, even background. Then, the first steps of the editing process are explained with a focus on downloading, organizing, and saving your files in preparation for the next big step.

20 min
Editing a Visual Story Puts It All Together

12: Editing a Visual Story Puts It All Together

Our final lesson traverses an open-source editing program to construct your project. Learn about how transcription benefits your process, and how to use it to arrange material and to generate a story arc. After you produce your masterpiece, Bob will teach you about video-sharing services to help you get your story to your audience.

24 min