An audio postcard is an engaging short story that uses subtle and effective documentary audio techniques. A thoughtful use of ambient sound, voice, and narrative place the listener smack in the middle of the sights, sounds, smells, and mood of a place or an event. As a student, you will explore the elements and mechanics of audio postcards, plan your sound gathering, and spend time in the field trying your hand at what you’ve learned about recording sounds and voices. This workshop is a good entry point for those beginning to explore audio documentary, as well as those who wish to strengthen their sound-gathering skills. The principles taught in this course are applicable to any audio, multimedia, or film project. (8 hours/All Levels)Please note: This course is offered in an online format and will not physically meet at CDS but will have regularly scheduled virtual sessions.Shea Shackelford
is a documentary producer and a founder of Big Shed Media, an award-winning public media shop specializing in audio and multimedia production. When he isn’t producing his own stories, Shackelford is busy training producers and helping organizations design and create their own media projects. He is the creator of the Place + Memory Project,
and his awards include a Best Documentary: Bronze Award at the 2010 Third Coast International Audio Festival. He has been part of the CDS summer audio institute team since 2005.Additional Information:
The class will be conducted online. A late-model computer, fast internet connection, and built-in camera are recommended, though not required. Students with less than optimal hardware or internet connections are welcome to take the course, though it may be difficult to participate fully in virtual meetings.
A $10 materials fee is due at the workshop.
If you have your own recording equipment, please bring it. If not, we will provide.
Please bring a bag lunch.