Thatcher Bohrman
Motion Media Instructor

The production of documentaries, commercials and art videos has been my passion for over 15 years, and I now have the priveledge of sharing my experience with students at Yavapai College. With personal media seeming to be our societal standard of expression, creating video is fast becoming part of our basic skillset. And it's easier and more accessible than ever.

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ART139 - Fundamentals of Video Editing and DVD Authoring
Spring 2009

For beginners, videomakers seeking to expand their creativity and professionalism, and anyone who just wants to do something fun with all that video they've shot.

Fundamentals of Video Editing and DVD Authoring (ART139), is being offered again this Spring. Students will learn about video from the ground up through creative exercises and project based learning, culminating in the production of student directed DVD videos and online video. Interactive lessons and discussion will be an integral part of the curriculum.

This 2-credit courses will emphasize fun and creativity in the process of learning practical techniques.


Wednesday evenings 6-8:45pm on the Prescott campus, room 109 building 15 (Art).


The graphics lab classroom has 13 Windows and 12 Mac computers.


instruction will begin by utilizing the free programs for each platform, Windows Movie Maker and iMovie. Instruction may provided for other editing software, such as Final Cut Express, Vegas Movie Studio, depending on student ability and need.

We will author discs with Nero 8 or iDVD.


Depending on student experience and software preference, the following texts are recommended.

iMovie 6 & iDVD: The Missing Manual, by David Pogue, First Edition May, 2006.

iMovie 9 & iDVD: The Missing Manual, by David Pogue.

Microsoft Windows Movie Maker 2
by Jan Ozer, Visual QuickStart Guide, pub. 2007.


The purpose of the course is to give the student a working knowledge of today’s “post-production” digital storytelling tools. Students will become familiar with the techniques, design principles, and temporal concepts that frame our experience of motion media. Students will produce DVDs as well as media for online distribution.


Don’t have a camera? No problem. Digital content will be provided! Though, chances are, your digital camera, computer, or cell phone have video capabilities you may not have considered before. No video camera or video production is required, though students will have every opportunity to use their own content - your photos and music can also be a rich source of material for motion media.

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Instructor Biography
I graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 1993 with a BS in Fine Arts and a BA in Interarts and Technology. My career has found me moving between multiple medias: graphic art, commercial video producer, web designer, finally combining these areas into a kind of multimedia melange of digital media arts.
     I moved here with my family from Wisconsin  in 2000, and have been employed at Yavapai College since that time. My full-time position is Instructional Technology Coordinator with the TELS department.

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Contact Info
Office: Bld 3 Room 107D, Prescott Campus
Office Phone: 928-776-2352

©2009 Thatcher Bohrman