Full course description
Instructor: John Biewen
In this weeklong, morning-till-night immersion in making audio documentaries, you’ll learn hands-on skills in recording and digital audio mixing; discuss issues such as the ethics of documentary work; explore varied uses for audio documentaries; and hear accomplished producers play and talk about their work in evening presentations. During the week you’ll collaborate with a fellow student to produce and edit a short audio documentary, from the first interview and sound-gathering to the final mix. The intensive will be led by John Biewen, along with guest instructors to be announced later. Examples of previous year's student projects can be found here.
This online course will be held using Zoom. The instructor will send further instructions for class access and equipment needed closer to the start date.
How to join a Zoom meeting: https://youtu.be/hIkCmbvAHQQ
Overview of Zoom meeting controls : https://youtu.be/ygZ96J_z4AY
Please keep in mind that while students need to be available during the listed course times, some of that time will be devoted to working on individual projects. Your instructor will communicate with you about the class schedule and the times that the class will convene online as a group as well as the times that will be spent working on your own.
Hours (ET) for the intensive are:
June 13 (Sunday): 4–6 p.m., check-in
June 14–18 (Monday–Friday): 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
June 14 and 15 (Monday and Tuesday): 7–9 p.m.
June 19 (Saturday): 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
The intensive concludes on Saturday with a presentation of student work from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. Students will edit on Hindenburg audio editing software. CDS will provide students with Hindenburg licenses good for three months. No experience in audio production is required.