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Media Workshops

We offer ongoing workshops and tutorials for groups, classes, and individuals. Topics include lighting, audio recording, camera work, Final Cut Pro editing, ProTools editing, DVD Studio Pro, Photoshop, scanning, podcasting, QuickTime VRs, streaming media, and the full list of applications.

We do several kinds of workshops: within a class; outside of a class, but for the class; for students not in classes; and for individuals. You may find yourself in several catagories at a time, and that's okay. The goal is to get you working, keep you working and end up with a finished project that, in the end, was fun to do and of which you can be proud. We'll try to do whatever it takes to help you with your project. All you have to do is ask, but you do have to ask. That's part of learning to be a Hampshire student. Asking for help doesn't mean you're a remedial student; it means that currently you don't have any experience doing the work or are in the process of building your skills and want to get better.

There's a shift happening now in who's working in the media basement with the new digital addition to the film building. (Okay, stop. I wrote that a while back and my current philosophy is to never use the word digital for anything. The work is really not about being digital, but being made with software tools and handed out in the form of files, not tape. The digital part is just an abstraction and perhapse a distraction. Also, as we all found out with the last big snow storm, it's really electrically driven. When the power goes out, the work stops.) The film/photo classes now all meet over there and tend to work in those labs. Usefully, the media basement is available for everyone else. Okay,  it's true that some of the film people still work down here. I'm fond of saying that the group of students who are the fastest-growing media users on campus are the Social Science crowd. As technology allows all of us to afford the new generation of camcorders and cameras, more and more students end up doing video interviews or just documenting their travels and experiences. This new group of media users is going to become the dominant force for media on college campuses. Hampshire students are, as always, leading the way.

So if you have a project you need help with, even if you're a completely new user, make an appointment with us to go over it with you. We’re happy to spend as much time with you as necessary for you to feel comfortable working on your own. Yes, it takes a little time to learn techniques and skills, but as a result you'll become independent and thus more productive. If you have friends who are in the same boat, bring them along. John Bruner is great with audio; John Gunther (that's me) likes to light and shoot, and both of us like to learn new things every day. Isn't that the whole point of college, and maybe life?


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