Telling a business story on video |

Telling a business story on video

Kial James is one of the instructors for the new visual storytelling class series.
Submitted by Kial James |


WHAT: Nevada City Film Festival, Visual Storytelling Classes

WHEN: Tuesday, Feb. 2 & 9

WHERE: Nevada City Film Festival HQ, 110 Union St., Floor 1, Nevada City, CA

TICKETS:$35, Space Limited to 40. Available online at

http://www.nevadacityfilmfestival, or you can call 530-362-8601 or email


Starting Monday, the Nevada City Film Festival will offer a series of short informal workshops on visual storytelling across a variety of media platforms.

Participants will learn how their businesses or organizations can use the medium to craft compelling and creative content for community engagement.

Attendees will leave with a new understanding and appreciation of the technologies changing the storytelling medium, according to a press release.

Over the years, the Nevada City Film Festival nonprofit organization has become a hub for local and regional media professionals and a resource for local businesses and amateurs looking to learn more about filmmaking and media.

“One of our goals this year is to expand our educational programs,” explained Jesse Locks, festival director of the Nevada City Film Festival.  “Our hope is to provide local businesses and residents — along with budding new filmmakers and media makers — the information, tools and inspiration to become savvy producers and creators of all forms of media.”

The first two classes in the four-part series features some of Nevada County’s top photographers, including:

­­— Erin Thiem of the Outside Inn and curator of #VisitNevadaCity on Instagram;

— Kial James of the popular Facebook Page Nevada City Scenics;

— Photographer, designer and illustrator Cru Dorsey;

— Outdoor photographer Josh Miller (National Geographic);

— Interiors and architectural photographer Kat Alves (Dwell, Sacramento Magazine).

“These photographers are not only creating beautiful images but are sharing important and compelling stories through their work,” Locks said. “They are also effectively utilizing social media platforms, such as Facebook, Instagram and Blogs, to elevate their work to reach a national and global audience.” 

Class descriptions include:

Visual Storytelling for Small Business

Tuesday, 5:30-7:30 p.m., $35 (take both classes and save $5), limited to 40 attendees.

Panel discussion with Erin Thiem, Outside Inn, Kial James of Nevada City Scenics and Cru Dorsey (

Some of Nevada County’s top photographers will share their tips and tools for capturing compelling imagery. They will also explain how they choose the best visual for telling stories on the web and on social media platforms, including Instagram, according to a press release.

Learn about the importance of hashtags, photo usage rights, repurposing content, and the various photo formats requested by media outlets. This class is for small business owners and solo-entrepreneurs looking to grow their business.

Visual Storytelling for Beginning/Intermediate Photographers

Feb. 9, 5:30-7:30 p.m., $35 (take both classes and save $5), limited to 40 attendees.

Panel discussion with Josh Miller (, Kial James of Nevada City Scenics and Kat Alves (

Learn valuable and insightful photography lessons on technical, creative and business topics from some of Nevada County’s top photographers. Gain an understanding of story form and how to develop creative visual stories through photography and styling, according to a press release.

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