Aloha! The fall 2001 Platypus Workshop is now accepting applications. Our host will be the University of Hawai'i at Hilo on the Big Island of Hawai'i.
Hilo is the hometown of the University of Hawai'i at Hilo on the Big Island of Hawai'i. Hilo, with approximately 45,000 people, has the friendly atmosphere of a small town with a tropical flair. The Big Island is blessed with unusual black and green sand beaches, beautiful waterfalls and botanical gardens. There is an approachable and fascinating active volcano in the Hawai'i Volcanos National Park, and nearby, the 14,000-foot Mauna Kea volcano has the best astronomical observatories in the world. There's even snow in the winter for those who like to ski Hawaiian-style.
Learn from the Platypus
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.
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.
Travel and Housing
Attendees must make
their own travel and housing arrangements. We have planned the workshop
so that you can travel to Hawaii on November 22nd, Thanksgiving Day,
which is one of the lightest travel days of the year for the Trans-Pacific
flight. However, we recommend you make your reservations as soon as
possible in order to be able to take advantage of Super-Saver fares.
Be sure your flight plans include the inter-island portion to and from
to the logistics of planning this workshop in Paradise, we must have
all applications by October 15th.
Faculty for the Platypus Island 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
News Nightline. Email: email@example.com