Brooks Institute of Photography
The rapidly changing world of new media will offer today's photojournalists new opportunities to tell their stories, whether by print, the Web or television - provided they understand and master the techniques of video. There are crucial differences between the two, previously separate, professions. The rules must be learned before you can break them. The workshop will be taught by still photographers who have made the jump.
You'll Work Hard
As TV shooters who have gone through the experience can attest, learning this stuff is no picnic. Students will spend 12 to 16 hours a day in formal and informal sessions, attending lectures by the staff, shooting their assignments, and editing with Final Cut Pro on new Mac G4 computers. All of the students will have the chance to shoot and edit their exercises, taking turns with the equipment.
What To Expect
You'll be totally immersed in a new atmosphere from the moment you arrive. The Workshop will provide the newest in 3-chip professional digital video cameras. Technical and storytelling skills will be taught, providing the foundation for a new breed of total visual journalists.
Leave Your Ego Behind
Unless you already have a professional 3-chip digital camera that you can't do without, leave your gear behind. We will outfit you with the equipment you need. Prepare to learn a set of skills that will form the core of your new career in photojournalism. Workshop graduates will be the spark plugs whose enthusiasm and commitment will energize the environments in which they will work - and change the face of media.
The Brooks Institute Campus
classes will be held at the Brooks Montecito campus. This is an old,
Spanish-style, large private home, now used as a teaching and lecture
facility. The work of editing and such will be at the Brooks Jefferson
campus, about a 10-minute drive away. Click here for maps of the locations:
Attendees must make their own housing arrangements. A special rate has been reserved at the nearby Lemon Tree Hotel for the July 7-14 week. Contact the hotel at: 805-687-6444 and say that you're coming for "the Brooks Workshop" which will give you the rate of $95 weekdays and $140 weekend.
Faculty For the Platypus West Workshop
Dirck Halstead, Director: A veteran still photographer for UPI and Time magazine. In the early 90's he helped in the creation of Video News International, now NYT-TV (a New York Times Company). VNI played an important early role in moving photojournalists into television. Dirck can be reached at (202) 338-3754, or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
PF Bentley: An
award-winning photographer for his in-depth reportage for Time
and Newsweek magazines, PF has produced three programs for ABC
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Enroll me for Shoot and Edit: ($1,500) - Enrollment is limited to 20 photojournalists). Minimum of 2 years of professional photojournalism is required. Everyone will shoot and edit their exercises, then attend critique sessions with members of the faculty for evaluation and constructive criticism. We suggest you bring a sturdy video tripod with a quick release clamp.
There are a total of 20 spots open
for Shoot and Edit, so
Mail completed application and check, money order, or credit card information to:
FAX NUMBER: 805-564-4618