non-credit workshop | Other 2018

Immersing the Public in Marine Science and Conservation 2018

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Instructor(s): David Owen Brown



Dates: May 11-17, 2018 
(5-day workshop, participants arrive Friday, May 11, depart Thursday, May 17)
Fee: $1000 (including housing and meals at Friday Harbor Labs)
Limit: 20 participants 

Engaging the public in marine science is critical. Living on land, most people never experience a fraction of the ocean, or the life within it, and are unaware of the scale and impact of changes occurring in the marine environment. “Out of sight, out of mind” has not served the ocean well, but current and future imaging and communications capabilities offer many opportunities to share critical ecosystems, and the science being done to understand them, with a global audience.

Technology offers just about anyone the ability to make acceptable images, which, if used well, are invaluable in sharing work done in the field or the lab. But visual storytelling entails a lot more than pretty pictures. This is a course in visual storytelling, designed to help participants to:

Obtain high quality video and still images above and below water, including basic camera care and technique, lighting, audio recording and specialized techniques for filming wildlife both above and below water

  1. Identify the appropriate audience
  2. Devise the best method of visual storytelling for that audience
  3. Find and film key story elements
  4. Use basic video editing technique (Adobe Premiere)
  5. Use basic still photography processing (Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom)
  6. Be clear and compelling on camera

Following classroom and field sessions in the above, the class will be divided into teams, each charged with creating an Internet clip covering work being done at FHL.

The first portion of the workshop will cover fundamentals of visual storytelling and help participants conceive and plan multimedia projects, with the final section reserved for student teams to produce, screen and critique media.

To apply to participate, or for more information please contact:
David O. Brown