Des Moines Video Workshop

When: Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015 – 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Where: Drake University, Meredith Hall room 124B (No. 48 on this map)

Cost: $100 if you sign up in September. $150 if you sign up in October. Space is limited, so please sign up in advance here. Contact Chris at for any questions.

Questions? Contact Chris Snider at or 515-271-4594.

Ready to sign up? Use the EventBrite widget below, or contact Chris if you prefer to pay by cash or check.

What you will learn

Multimedia skills are more important for communication than ever. YouTube has more than 1 billion visitors a month. Twitter’s six-second video app Vine has more than 40 million users. And Facebook continues to put a huge emphasis on video (users watch 4 billion videos a day on Facebook). This hands-on course will focus on core video techniques and how to tell stories using video that you shoot on your smartphone. This is not a day of lecturing. We will learn techniques and then apply them immediately by shooting and editing videos.

We will shoot video on your smart phones. Accessories for your phones (tripods, microphones, etc.) will be provided.

Topics covered will include:

  • Techniques for composing great video shots
  • How to tell stories using video
  • Basics of setting up and completing a simple video shoot
  • Accessories to help you get great audio from your smart phone camera
  • How to edit video on your computer, phone or tablet
  • Creative and useful video apps for your smartphone


Morning session: 9 a.m. to noon

  • Video basics
  • Shots and sequencing
  • Editing in iMovie
  • Video storytelling

Lunch/networking on your own: Noon to 1 p.m.

Afternoon session: 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

  • Advanced video techniques
  • Creating quality video with quality audio

About Chris Snider

Chris Snider is an assistant professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Drake University in Des Moines. He teaches classes on social media strategy, web design and multimedia.

He teaches an intro to multimedia class for first-year students to help them understand how to take great photos and make quality videos. He also taught a video class to Master of Communication students at Drake in the summer of 2015. And, Chris spent part of the 2014 spring semester testing out tools for mobile video with three students as a part of the Drake Mobile Gadget Lab.

How to Register

Visit the Eventbrite page to reserve your spot.

Prefer to pay by check? Contact Chris Snider at or 515-271-4594.

Space is limited, so please sign up in advance.