Upcoming Workshops

Intro to Apple’s Final Cut Pro X


DATES: Mondays, July 21, 28, August 4, 11; TIME: 7:00PM - 9:00PM; SUMMER 2014

Instructor: Tayarisha Poe
Fee: $90. Includes 8 hours of individual lab time

Learn FCP X’s workflow and how to make effective use of FCP X’ most powerful features, including titling, basic effects, transitions, and newly integrated elements of Apple Color and Soundtrack Pro.

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Making the Concert Film


DATES: Saturdays, July 26, August 2, 16 & Wednesday, August 13; TIME: Saturdays: 1:00PM - 3:00PM, Wednesday (Shoot Day): 6:00PM - 11:00PM; SUMMER 2014

Instructor: Mike Dennis
Fee: $150.

Reelblack’s Mike D will teach you the basics of shooting and editing live performances. The end result will be a completed six minute documentary film about The Harvest, Spoken Soul 215’s monthly open mic at World Cafe Live, filmed and edited by the class.

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8 Week HD Video Production Workshop


Dates: Tuesdays, July 29, August 5, 12, 19, 26, September 2, 9, 16, 23 and Saturdays, August 2, 9, 16, 23, September 6, 13, 20; TIME: Tuesdays: 7:00PM - 9:00PM; Saturdays: 10:30AM - 12:30PM; SUMMER 2014

Instructor: Paul Hinson
Fee: $250.

Covers all major aspects of scripting and shooting a short non-fiction film in HD video. Over 8 weeks, students will refine their idea and shoot it using Scribe’s Sony NEX-EA50UH. The class includes instruction in scriptwriting, production planning, HD camera operation, lighting for HD and sound recording. Students will work together as crew on each other’s projects. Please submit a brief written description about your proposed project (no longer than 10 minutes) before the start date. Limited to 6 participants.

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Music Video Production


DATES: Wednesdays, July 30, August 6, 13, 20, 27, September 3; TIME: 1:00PM - 5:00PM; SUMMER 2014

Instructor: Bryan Green and Sulayman Tahir
Fee: $225.

Collaborate with Philadelphia emcees, musicians, indie rock bands and hip-hop instrumentalists and learn the basic elements of shooting and editing an entirely unique and creative music video! Topics covered in this 6 week course include: studying music video styles, production planning, ingenious shooting techniques, working with audio playback, and inventive editing craft.

Open Call for Musical Talent
Calling all Philadelphia emcees, musicians, indie rock bands and hip-hop instrumentalists! Do you play in a funk band, punk band or jazz ensemble? Do you rhyme, rap or produce music? Are you in need of a music video? Take part in Scribe Video Center's first Music Video Production Class by simply submitting a finalized, mastered .mp3 of a track for which you'd like a video produced.

Submissions will be reviewed by instructors Bryan Green & Sulayman Tahir and 4-5 songs will be selected for this July 16th-August 20th Production Course. Our workshop participants will conceive, write, direct, shoot and edit music videos for the 4-5 selected tracks. Collaborate with Scribe workshop participants and have your own music video produced ! Deadline for submission is July 10 please inquire and/or submit music and talent bio to bryan@scribe.org or hjpark@scribe.org. One track per musical act, please.

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Arthur Jafa: In Process


DATE: Thursday, July 31; TIME: NOON - 1:30PM; SUMMER 2014

Instructor: Arthur Jafa
Fee: $20. $10 for Scribe Members; FREE for BlackStar Film Festival Passholders

Filmmaker, cinematographer, intellectual, and visual artist Arthur Jafa has been a visionary in his articulation of a Black aesthetic in cinema. This aesthetic has developed from an understanding of the science of light and sound capture and how that science is connected to culture. During this special presentation, Jafa will talk about the creation of his latest film, Dreams Are Colder Than Death, a project that has allowed him to test his theories of optics, frame rates, motion capture and sensor resolution as technologies that can be shaped to be part of uniquely Black mode of expression.

Presented in Partnership with BlackStar Film Festival

The 3rd Annual BlackStar Film Festival, celebrating independent from work of the African diaspora, takes place from July 31-August 3, 2014. For more info visit blackstarfest.org. Follow BlackStar Film Festival @blackstarfest and #BlackStar14.

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Audio Field Recording


DATES: Wednesdays, August 6, 13, 20, 27; TIME: 7:00PM - 9:00PM; SUMMER 2014

Instructor: Jeff Towne
Fee: $120.

Improve your interviews and voice-overs by learning to acquire the best-quality sound for audio documentaries and multimedia productions. In this four-part class, we'll discuss the best gear to use (and some good-enough alternatives) and techniques for using that equipment. Learn when to use an omni-directional mic, a shotgun, a lavaliere, or a boundary microphone, and where to place them. Do you need a pistol grip, or a boom, or will a firm grip on the mic suffice? When are the built-in mics on the recorder good enough? We'll talk about avoiding background noise and distortion, and what to do when you can't. We'll also cover computer-based processing and editing techniques for improving your recordings once they've been made.

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Intro to Adobe Premiere Pro


DATES: Thursdays, August 7, 14, 21, 28, September 4, 11; TIME: 7:00PM - 9:00PM; SUMMER 2014

Instructor: Ryan Saunders
Fee: $195. Registration fees covers 8 hours of additional lab time

Through hands-on exercises, this workshop will teach students how to import, manage and encode media; and efficiently navigate Premiere’s workflow.

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Youth Workshop: Intro to Animation

DATES: Tuesdays & Thursdays, August 19, 21, 26, 28, September 2 ; TIME: 4:00PM - 6:30PM; SUMMER 2014

Instructor: Lowell Boston
Fee: $0. FREE. Open to young people 11-19 years old. Please call Scribe at 215-222-4201 to register.

Join us for a hands-on workshop exploring different techniques of stop motion animation including mixed media, hand drawn, and cut paper. No previous art of computer training is required. Instructor: Lowell Boston

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Planning a Low Budget Documentary


DATES: Thursdays, August, 28, September 4, 11, 18, 25; TIME: 7:00PM - 9:00PM; SUMMER 2014

Instructor: Anula Shetty
Fee: $85.

Have an idea for a video documentary project? Learn how to develop and break down your idea into one-page treatment, create project production schedules and a sample budget. Ideal workshop for first time videomakers at the start of their projects!

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Rea Tajiri: The Essay Film


DATE: Wednesday, September 10; TIME: 7:00PM - 9:00PM; SUMMER 2014

Instructor: Rea Tajiri
Fee: $20. $10 for Scribe Members

Rea Tajiri’s eclectic body of film work include personal essay documentaries - History & Memory (1991) and Lordville (2013) – that draw from official histories, dominant cultural narratives, memories of the living, and spirits of the dead to destabilize conventions of historiography. In this Master Class, Tajiri will discuss how she uses the personal essay documentary to reimagine and recreate collective histories that have been submerged, lost, and stolen.

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Time-Lapse Filmmaking and Beyond with DSLRs


DATE: Saturday, September 13; TIME 11:00AM – 4:00PM (with ½ hour break); SUMMER 2014

Instructor: Richard Power Hoffman
Fee: $75.

Over the past several years, Richard Power Hoffmann has perfected a technique using a digital still camera exclusively to make films. This unique storytelling approach takes advantage of today's low cost yet high resolution DSLR cameras to acquire better than HD resolution imagery, and then dynamically manipulate it in post-production. Hoffmann will discuss how and why he has gravitated to this technique, and take the class through the process of using sequential photography, time-lapse, and making movies with stills in the hands-on portion of the class. Bring your own camera, and bring images to life!

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Responsive Media Production and Transmedia Activism


DATES: Thursdays, September 18, October 2, 9, and 16; TIME: 7:00PM - 9:00PM; SUMMER 2014

Instructor: Laura Deutch
Fee: $100.

Learn multimedia storytelling tools, interactive platforms, and nonlinear approaches to presenting your work. From interactive documentary to multimedia tools for community journalists we will explore possibilities for transmedia projects.

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