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Platypus Workshop in Florence, Italy

This will be our 12th year of teaching these award-winning workshops which teaches HD video storytelling and editing. These skills are now essential to becoming a fully rounded photojournalist.

You will learn how to use your DSLR, along with tips and tricks to make it an incredible tool for you in editorial, corporate and filmmaking settings. We will teach you field sound recording, cinematic storytelling, the use of lenses, tripods, multimedia applications, and Apple’s latest Final Cut Pro editing software. All in an action-packed, exciting, entertaining, and informative 9 days.

These workshops are acknowledged as the gold standard of Digital Video training. We teach high-definition digital shooting, editing, and multimedia with an emphasis on storytelling. It is unique in the industry. We have taught over 300 photojournalists since our inception in 1999. Our graduates have gone on to do television documentaries, Web videos, especially for newspapers, and even films. One of our graduates was a nominee for an Oscar in 2006 and the 2010 winner of the Sundance Film Festival Documentary Award for his film Restrepo was our Platypus Graduate Tim Heathington.

There are three ways to attend these workshops: As a Shooter you are the storyteller you may work alone, or with a Producer (see below), to create the class exercises and a final 3-5 minute documentary or news story.
As a Producer you do what the name implies in broadcast. Producers are an integral part of the process and the course. They attend all classes; team up with shooters to “produce” the various segments of the course work. Producers work in collaboration with Shooters as they research stories, make arrangements, conduct interviews, go out on field exercises and co-produce the final project as a team.

The Producer and the Shooter both return to the edit bay and cut the projects together. This in no way diminishes the role of the Shooter, who is the principal storyteller. The Producer allows the Shooter more time to concentrate on picture, sound and story elements, resulting in a better learning experience for everyone and better told stories.

Students will provide their own HD camera and lens.

The cost of the Florence workshop held at Florence University of the Arts is $1995. Register early with David Weiss at yogazon@mac.com

The Platypus Workshop Director, Dirck Halstead, may be contacted at dhalstead@me.com

We also offer participant seats, which do not shoot and edit, but work with the shoot n’edit people as a team for $900. NPPA, PPA, active duty military and ASMP members are eligible for a 10% discount.
We recommend applying for the workshop as soon as possible, these spots will go quickly.
Read what former graduates have to say about the workshop on the Platypus Testimonials page

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