The Hazel Wolf Environmental Film Network is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality and effective use of environmental media.


2008 Hazel Wolf Environmental Film Festival - workshops



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We are pleased to partner with 911 Media Arts Center in offering the following workshops:

The Power of Final Cut Studio

Saturday, May 3, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

This is a demonstration/lecture and discussion. With video technology constantly changing, it’s important to understand the fundamentals of editing as well as the tools of the craft. Kris will cover the art of editing, the ever-expanding role of the editor in the production process, the technical and creative distinctions of the today’s most popular video formats and the power of Final Cut Studio. Integrating six key applications (Final Cut Pro, Motion, Color, Soundtrack, Compressor and DVD Studio Pro) and covering the gamut from media management and cutting through color correction, sound design and motion graphics, Final Cut Studio allows editors to wear many hats… and, of course, tell good stories. Instructor: Kris Boustedt.


The Art of the Interview for Documentary Films

Saturday, May 3, 2–4:45 p.m.

This workshop will explore how to ask the tough questions, how to make people comfortable, preliminary interviews, what to do with "problem" interviews, issues of ethics, manipulation, deception and more. The instructor is a full-time college professor in filmmaking and  has won numerous awards for her video programs. Instructor: Jane Winslow.


Documentary Workshop with John de Graaf and Judith Helfand

Sunday, May 4, 10 a.m.–12:45 p.m.

A two-part workshop with award-winning filmmakers John de Graaf (Affluenza, Buyer Be Fair) and Judith Helfand (co-director of Blue Vinyl and Everything’s Cool).

Judith will discuss an experiment in teaching "environmental filmmaking" and visual story-telling to students (graduate and undergraduate) who are studying everything—conservation, environmental science, history of medicine, neurobiology, hindi and a little fine art—but film or video. Two of the students—Peter Boger and Amrys Williams—will join Judith to explain and explore the syllabus, teaching methodologies, and best practices for producing. See the results, shorts of 1-11 minutes on the theme, "What’s So Natural About Wisconsin?"

Judith and her students will present for the first two-thirds of the workshop, then John de Graaf will provide his insights into making documentaries based on his more than 25 years of experience.