LTV to Offer Free Production Classes for East Hampton Residents

LTV, East Hampton's public access provider, will offer free mini-documentary production classes to East Hampton Town residents in February.

Part of an initiative it's calling the Thousand Stories Project, the studio developed the classes with the goal of creating "a mosaic of our town with a multitude of video portraits, short documentary stories in which we learn a bit about our friends and neighbors: what they do, how they live, what our town looks like," according to a release.

The classes will give residents the opportunity to share their stories, while also improving their digital media skills.

Students must complete an orientation class before they can participate in more advanced courses.

An Introduction to Studio Production session on Feb. 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. and Feb. 9 from 10 a.m. to noon will include an explanation of public access and media center rules, a tour of the building, suggestions for creating a show, and a production and studio production overview.

The mini-documentary course, iDoc 101, will cover the basics of digital storytelling, the tools and techniques necessary for capturing quality video and audio, and information on editing and exporting footage. The three-part course will be offered in two separate sections, one on Wednesdays, Feb. 6, 13, and 20 from 6 to 8 p.m., and the other on Saturdays, Feb. 16 and 23 and March 2 from 1 a.m. to noon.

Students will produce a short documentary for the class, and those documentaries will be featured on the LTV channel and website. Students have been asked to take a video-capable smartphone and a laptop or tablet for editing.

In a letter, Eric Glandbard, the new executive director of LTV, emphasized the that program supports the channel's belief in creating "TV for the people, by the people."

While the courses are free, advance registration is required at 631-537-2777, extension 10, or Classes will be at the LTV studios on Industrial Road in Wainscott.