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The Art of Video Storytelling

Consider the ways humans are hardwired for storytelling and discover how to create films that appeal to your audience, using equipment you may already have.
The Art of Video Storytelling is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 38.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from This May Be My Favorite Great Courses Class Ever I've shot a lot of video over the years but I haven't known what to do with these videos other than just play them. This course taught me an entire different way to think about shooting video and putting it together in a real story. The presenter was fantastic, down-to-earth in conversation, very knowledgeable, and he even offered some laugh-out-loud moments. The course not only taught me about how to shoot and create a story video, but also discussed equipment, sound, framing, interviewing, editing and more. If you want to learn about how to create real video stories, I highly recommend this course.
Date published: 2024-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superb In Every Way As a life long photographer making the transition to video I have struggled with almost every aspect of making the change. This course not only addressed basically every hurdle I have faced but did it in a wonderful, concise way. Few courses I have taken in my life lived up to the promise of their titles. The Art of Video Storytelling is the 'oh so rare' exception. It is superb.
Date published: 2023-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Art of Video Storytelling I've taken all of Great Courses photography courses and loved each and every one. My personal photography vastly improved as a result. I'm just starting out with video storytelling and I found Bob Krist an engaging and very informative course instructor. The Art of Video Storytelling is just what I've been looking for. I've putting Krist's lessons practice and already I can see a big improvement in my videos. Well done!
Date published: 2023-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Remarkable! I recently watched and reviewed Bob Krist's "Off the Beaten Path," and noted in that review that I had placed this course in my Watchlist. Watch it I did--twice (thus far)--and that's something I seldom do. Is it "remarkable" course? Of course, such things are subjective, but for me it definitely is. Mr. Krist has a screen presence that many an actor would envy. It doesn't come from taking years of theatre courses but rather is the result of just who he is--what you see is what you get. He is instantly likable and believable. A photographer and videographer with his experience and portfolio might well be somewhat haughty and self-promoting. Mr. Krist is humble, self-deprecating in a gentle, humorous manner. He's not afraid to talk about his mistakes. This course is aimed at the still photographer wanting to dabble in videography. As Mr. Krist states, in a 12-episode course, he can only just touch on the points he wishes to convey, leaving us to investigate further should we be so inclined. But even when he "just touches" on a subject, there is a wealth of information. Thankfully, he does not try to induce us to spend big bucks on equipment--quite the opposite. He shows us what can be done with a modest outlay of funds. His on location episode in Maine is an excellent example. When introducing panning and tilting, he lets us know that there are motorized pan/tilt heads with hefty price tags. What does he use? A non-motorized pan head and a rubber band--yes, a plain old rubber band!--loosly wrapped around the head's handle which he uses to exert pressure and move the head. The rubber band makes the motions much smoother than placing your hand on the handle. And gems such as thus are peppered throughout the course. Don't think you can make the transition from stills to motion? Mr. Krist might just prove you wrong. And if you want nothing more than so see how an independent film-maker works, this course is for you, too. And through it all, it seems as if Mr. Krist is talking just to you. Such is the genius of this remarkable (there's that word again!) man.
Date published: 2023-05-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bob puts heart and soul into his work - it shows! Bob Krist covers the basics very, very well in this 12-part presentation. I've been making video for my YouTube channel for 15 years, yet I learned valuable new information from Bob's presentation.
Date published: 2023-04-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Introduction to video production and film ma I was looking for an introduction to all important elements of video making. This course provided just the right amount of exposure to the critical aspects of a production. It covered technical concepts in just enough depth to understand that considerations to make, but without too much jargon. I walked away with a much better sense of what to watch out for. Thanks for a straightforward and concise introduction to the world of video production.
Date published: 2023-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cheerful It was a great pleasure to watch. Bob Krist has a great sense of humor and he shares simply his huge experience.
Date published: 2022-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Friend and teacher So enjoyable to listen to his voice and beautifully breaks down concepts to make it accessible--loved hearing and then applying!
Date published: 2022-05-22
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Overview

In The Art of Video Storytelling, Mr. Bob Krist, a renowned professional photographer and filmmaker, teaches this informative and insightful 12-lesson course designed to support you through each step of the filmmaking process. Beginning with preparation and equipment, you will see how to use the skills you already have in still photography to manifest excellence in all your filmmaking endeavors.

About

Bob Krist

As storytellers sharing the visual tales of our travels, we can act as small points of light that help everyone see the beauty and the humanity of this very small world in which we live.

INSTITUTION

National Geographic Photographer

Bob Krist is a freelance photographer and filmmaker whose work has taken him to more than 150 countries and all seven continents. He has worked extensively on assignment for magazines such as National Geographic and Smithsonian. In the prestigious Lowell Thomas competition, his short travel films have won gold and silver awards, and his monograph of portraits and landscapes, Old Souls & Timeless Places, won a gold award in the Travel Book category. He was also named Photographer of the Year by the Society of American Travel Writers three times.

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The Art of Video Storytelling

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Beyond Photos: Discovering Story with Video

01: Beyond Photos: Discovering Story with Video

The past 10 years have seen extraordinary changes in how we create and consume visual media. Join freelance photographer Bob Krist as he explains the importance and plausibility of bringing videography into your visual media repertoire. Dive into all that this outstanding course offers you while you’re on your path to skilled videography.

25 min
Using the Tools of Visual Storytelling

02: Using the Tools of Visual Storytelling

Storytelling is at the heart of all filmmaking. Learn about the universal “Hero’s Journey,” and how such structures can be used to create engagement for any audience. Then, explore the pros and cons of a variety of video equipment options, from the smartphone to the camcorder, and everything in between.

32 min
Speaking the Language of Video

03: Speaking the Language of Video

Just a little pre-existing knowledge of basic photography concepts will take you a long way in videography. Bob reviews both overlapping and new terminology, including frame rates, slow motion, resolution, bit depth and rate, and sensor size. Understand how each applies to still photography as well as video.

28 min
How to Shoot a Visual Story

04: How to Shoot a Visual Story

The passage of time in film requires an important shift in perspective. Instead of considering your shot only in terms of a single frame, explore the role of sequence, flow, and motion in your final product. Learn to make best use of neutral density filters to allow for shots with diverse lighting.

27 min
Video’s Five Framings and Ten Shots

05: Video’s Five Framings and Ten Shots

We know that visual stories require a sequence of images, carefully structured to make manifest the content of your story. Continue your study of videography with an exploration of the five framings and 10 shots that constitute the visual grammar of video.

26 min
A Story Told through Framing and Shots

06: A Story Told through Framing and Shots

Travel with our teacher to a small lobster village on the coast of Maine. Watch as he makes a video and teaches you more about the five framings and 10 shots in the context of an actual film. Finally, consider character, story arc, visuals, access, and timing as you plot your journey to filmmaking success.

24 min
The Four Pillars of Audio for Video

07: The Four Pillars of Audio for Video

Why is good audio so important and how can you guarantee that yours is high quality, using equipment that won’t break the bank? Whether you are recording ambient audio, narration, music, or sound effects, Bob shares with you tricks of the trade that will have your video sounding professional in no time.

28 min
Gearing Up as a Videographer

08: Gearing Up as a Videographer

The best choice in video accessories depends on you. Where are you going? What will you be filming? How much are you willing to carry, and what are you able to spend? Dive deep into the world of gear in this lesson, exploring options in tripods, sliders, gimbals, lights, and even actioncams.

25 min
Capturing a Place on Location

09: Capturing a Place on Location

In this lesson, depart the studio and venture up the beautiful coast of Maine, to the fishing village of Port Clyde and the Marshall Point Lighthouse. Here, learn how to turn even the most static scene into a view-worthy story with cinematic movement techniques and easy-to-use specialty equipment.

26 min
Creating a Personality Profile in Video

10: Creating a Personality Profile in Video

Continue your on-location work and expand your grasp on the five-point rubric for judging a visual story, as you delve into the short personality profile. See firsthand how to scout the location, choose the subject, and set up for lighting, in this brief tribute to the work of Jim the Blacksmith.

19 min
Making the Most of Video Interviews

11: Making the Most of Video Interviews

With your subject and location selected, it’s time to explore the fine art of the interview—questions, framing, audio, even background. Then, the first steps of the editing process are explained with a focus on downloading, organizing, and saving your files in preparation for the next big step.

20 min
Editing a Visual Story Puts It All Together

12: Editing a Visual Story Puts It All Together

Our final lesson traverses an open-source editing program to construct your project. Learn about how transcription benefits your process, and how to use it to arrange material and to generate a story arc. After you produce your masterpiece, Bob will teach you about video-sharing services to help you get your story to your audience.

24 min