KGWN TV reporter Kyle Marley was on hand for the WCM – Laramie County Community College Lights, Camera, Action! video production and storytelling workshop recently.
By: Kyle Markley
KGWN News Channel 5
Using video to tell a story can be done in a variety of ways. It can be used to make a commercial, a movie, or possibly a TV show.
Alan O’Hashi started doing community based media training back in 2004, and loves sharing his passion with others. “I live vicariously through other people,” said O’Hashi. “There are folks I know who have been doing this business for quite a number of years, and have shot on film and worked in the business for a long time.”
Saturday’s class was the first of it’s kind that has been taught in Cheyenne. “It was really kind of fun to work with people I would consider non-traditional students. I’ve taught this class before in Laramie and just got back from doing it up in Casper.”
Joseph Goodrich was one of O’Hashi’s students and was looking to make himself more marketable as a professional through this class. “I’m a very experienced photographer,” said Goodrich. “I’m looking to expand my skills and put some more tools in the toolbox and a natural ascension would be to go to video.”
Goodrich learned the right way to tell a story with his work. “I really enjoyed the script writing analysis of it. I found that telling the story from beginning, middle, and end, and thinking the story all the way through is an excellent way to prepare yourself before you get behind the camera.”
Goodrich aspires to shoot a reality TV show, and he found the class to be just what he needed to take that first step. “I think this is an excellent first step. Especially if you have no camera experience because not only do you cover the editing process I described earlier, but we cover lights.”
O’Hashi said he hopes his students have the tools they need to use video to their advantage.”They can pick up a professional camera and do the same type of story telling. Really helping people engage, talk about their differences, talk about what they have in common really in sort of the safe space of video.”
To sign up for classes coming in June, you can visit the Wyoming Community Media Website at wycomedia.com