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Share Memories with iMovie

iMovie is Apple’s innovative video editing software application designed for the Mac and iOS. Useful on numerous platforms from iPhone to iPod Touch, iMovie users can now put their own stories on film with tremendous skill and ease. Upon its inception, new media veteran and ImageNorth Seattle College webmaster Nico Inzerella took the deep dive into mastering iMovie, using it to narrate his daily life and putting it through its paces during his extreme sports excursions. Now Inzerella is looking forward to sharing that knowledge and expertise with others with Intro to iMove: Storytelling through Videography.

Starting his academic career at Western Washington University’s (WWU) School of Art in pursuit of a degree in graphic design, Inzerella ultimately came to focus his talents on web and video. “I moved up to Bellingham because I was a ski-bum and wanted to be closer to Mt Baker,” he recalls. “I was in the snowboard industry and had sponsors who made videos of their team riders for marketing purposes.”

While one of Inzerella’s roommates was learning the ropes of video editing and production, he could not help but get caught up in the process. “I was constantly around video editing; reviewing footage and I always wanted to be in control of the editing.  I had a class that was built into my MFA at WWU which was basic video editing in iMovie.”

Following college, Inzerella found a niche for himself by capturing his extreme sports experiences on film. “I was in the skydive industry which led to me flying camera for teams, tandem skydives, and for fun,” he says. “After a few years of skydiving, I started up a film festival called the Three Ring Film Festival, which ran 3 years.  It was a film festival devoted to Imageskydiving, base-jumping, paragliding, and anything having to do with parachutes.  It was also an excuse for my friends and I to get together and share our skydive experiences from the year and drink root beer.”

iMovie has any number of bells and whistles the new filmmaker can put into action almost immediately, including time lapse photography.  “Now-a-days I really like b-roll footage because I like shooting time-lapses,” he says.  Grab yourself a root beer and have a look at this time-lapse piece Inzerella made of the NSC campus.

The application is also perfect for travelogues and video diaries, like the vlogs Inzerella created while on a year-long tour through Mexico, Cuba and Central America.

Inzerella says he takes creative inspiration from the work of many of his close acquaintances. “I have some friends who do a lot of high profile athlete video work for major snowboard companies,” he says. “I love their drone footage and this is my friend’s drone footage of me riding Stevens Pass Mountain Bike Park that I edited.”

Students joining Intro to iMovie: Storytelling through Videography can look forward to creating Imagea final video of about 1-5 minutes in length. Inspiration is up to them. “I will have a couple video ideas for individuals or small groups.  The first day of class I have time set aside to see what everyone’s intentions are for taking the class.”

In addition, students need not concern themselves with bringing their own equipment or footage. “I will have stock clips ready to make the class accessible for everyone,” says Inzerella.  “Something as simple as a cellular phone can take video but I have an extra camera or two for students to use during class.”

Overall, Inzerella wants his students joining his class to focus on becoming adept and confident at using iMovie and mastering the basic video skills to share memories.

Learn more about Intro to iMovie: Storytelling through Videography.

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