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The Art of Storytelling for Photographers & Videographers by Maxwell Freudenthal

Members Cost : $30.00 Studio Members Cost $20.00

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Visual Storytelling for Photographers and Videographers
Movies and comic books are visual storytelling in its most basic form; a story told through a series of images. But what makes one story better than another? How do you tell a story without words? And why are we so captivated by them? Through a fun, in-class activity, we will break down the basic elements that comprise a story (Plot, Character, Theme, etc...) and condense them into five frames, and then even further into a single frame. In the end, you will leave with a better understanding of how to tell stories and connect with your audience through any visual medium.

This is a class for all experience levels and users of any type of camera. The class will be a creative discussion, not a technical lecture.


Biography of Maxwell Freudenthal
With a degree in Filmmaking from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Maxwell has always been fascinated with the art of storytelling. He has experience in creative writing, fine art, vocal and instrumental music, and on-stage performance. His early aspirations were to become an Animator for Pixar, but then fell in love with the process of Filmmaking. He has directed and performed in live theater, taught Film to students at IFP, and started his own production company. While still at MCAD, Maxwell wrote, produced and directed the feature-length film, Undone: A New Musical, which won "Best Minneota Made Film" at the OUT Twin Cities Film Festival. He is currently a Producer at 3M in St. Paul.

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  • Ellie

    The first part, the lecture, was excellent and well worth the class cost. Great information delivered clearly and concisely. The group participation stuff was less helpful for me -- I would have preferred a more systematic analysis, for example doing more than one 5-frames-to-1 story to get a better idea of how to condense multiple images/concepts into one frame without it looking cheesy/busy, or viewing several pictures and talking about what specific elements in each photo (lighting, props) make us interpret the photo's story in a certain way. (Would also help to include some by photographers [i.e. not Crowden] who do state what story they're trying to tell, so we can see what helps us get there and what makes us read the photo differently). I know the teacher is new to this so I'm not complaining. I would go to another class taught by him, definitely. He really knows his way around the bones of storytelling. I had fun and everyone was really nice and brought up good points.

    September 13, 2012

  • Diane

    Max is an inspiring teacher. Great begonner class .His visual examples were fun and entertaining His class format engages the students and allows them to be part of the story telling process. You know a class is good when nobody wanted to leave in the end. We were all standing around wanting more. I think Max was afraid we were going to hold hom hostage. It would have mad a great story if we did ! I recommend this class to anyone who wants to take more than just a snaphot Looking forward to more workshops with Max. Welcome Aboard.

    September 7, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Outstanding!!! Max delivered an informative, yet entertaining session. He introduced us to a systematic way of constructing a story board, finding the key message, reducing it into a small number of images, and finally distilling into one definitively powerful image. Very organized, great examples and illustrations, easy to understand.

    September 7, 2012

  • Rick A.

    Great start to a new way if seeing my portraits.

    September 7, 2012

  • Carl S.

    Max did a great job! He told a compelling story on how good films are constructed and how a single image can tell at least part of the tale. Recommended

    September 7, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have another engagement that evening, so I hope this is offered again. I would really like to attend.

    August 25, 2012

  • Rick A.

    I am really looking forward to this lecture!!

    August 25, 2012

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