Upcoming Workshops

14 Week Production Workshop


28 Sessions - Wednesdays and Saturdays, Starts October 22 - Wednesdays 7:00 -9:00 PM and Saturdays 10:30 AM -12:30 PM

Instructor: Aleks Martray
Fee: $295. $345 fee for participants with projects, $295 for those without a project

This semester long "how-to" workshop covers all major aspects of film and video production and supports participants in the completion of short projects. Bring your individual project ideas and get instruction in script-writing, production planning, digital video, sound recording, lighting and editing. Participants with projects must submit a brief written description at orientation or prior to first class.

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WordPress for Filmmakers


DATES: Mondays, October 27, November 3, 10, 17; TIME 7:00-9:00PM

Instructor: Lisa Yoder
Fee: $125.

Create a website with easy-to-use and free online tools. With an emphasis on WordPress, this class is a survey of Open Source tools and management system for working with text, audio, images and video on the web.

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D.I.Y. Animation


4 Session - Tuesdays October 28, November 4 and Thursdays October 30, November 6

Instructor: Jennifer Levonian
Fee: $150.

Join us as we explore the rich world of do-it-yourself, experimental animation! This hands-on workshop will cover the basics of traditional animation as well as paper cut out and mixed-media techniques. For inspiration, we will look at a selection of animations, from the early days of animation to contemporary work. No art or computer experience is necessary.

Buffalo Milk Yogurt from Jennifer Levonian on Vimeo.

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The Craft of Editing


DATE: Thursday, October 30 TIME: 7:00 - 9:00 PM

Instructor: Fiona Otway
Fee: $25.

Editing brings a documentary to life, giving it shape, meaning, power, and poetry. Whether you are editing documentary shorts or features, working on your own film or someone else's, learn some strategies that will help keep momentum going even through the most difficult phases of an edit. Discuss a variety of edit room tactics for getting you closer to the story you truly want to tell. Documentary editor Fiona Otway speaks about her process and your projects with an intimate Q&A about post-production.

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Blueprint for Documentaries


DATES: Mondays, November 3, 10, 17, December 8, and 15. TIME: 7:00 -9:00 PM

Instructor: Louis Massiah
Fee: $125.

Turn your documentary idea into a workable shooting script. This workshop covers research, developing and visualizing ideas, scripting and storytelling techniques. Participants must submit a one-page description of their project prior to the first session.

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Audio Post Production Workshop


DATE: 3 Thursdayss, November 6, 13, 20; TIME 7:00PM – 9:00PM ; FALL 2014

Instructor: John Avarese
Fee: $115.

Studies have shown that a viewer will change a channel because of bad audio and will tolerate a bad picture if the program sounds good. This workshop will cover the entire audio post-production process of dialog editing, ADR, Foley, sound design, music editing and creating that final mix that will connect your story to your audience. This workshop will change the way you hear the movies.

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Mater Class - JT Takagi - Sound Recording Now: 2014 Approach to Documentary Sound


DATE: Saturday November 8 TIME: 11:00 AM -2:00 PM

Instructor: JT Takagi
Fee: $20. $10 for Scribe members

Join JT Takagi for a workshop on approaches to audio recording and sound equipment for documentary video production, including working with DSLR cameras and new gear options in double system with low and medium budget digital recorders – and radio mikes. This is an opportunity to learn about the essential gear for audio production, and essential techniques and approaches to good location audio. Workshop participants are invited to discuss planned projects.

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Making Tiny Movies in Final Cut Pro X


DATES: Tuesdays, November 11, 18, 25, December 2 TIME7:00 -9:00 PM

Instructor: Tayarisha Poe
Fee: $90.

Have you ever scrolled through Netflix bored by the vast selection of mediocre media? Have you ever said to yourself, when you're walking around, having a conversation, "this would be a great scene in a movie"? Do you have a bunch of one-liners itching to be shouted by an as-yet-undiscovered movie star? This might be the class for you. In this workshop we'll be writing, shooting, and editing a series of micro films using Final Cut Pro X! Some basic understanding of Final Cut X or other editing programs is assumed.

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Master Class - Ayoka Chenzira - Interactive Cinema: New forms of Storytelling Through the Moving Image


DATE: Wednesday, November 12 TIME: 7:00 -9:00 PM

Instructor: Ayoka Chenzira
Fee: $20. $10 for Scribe members

From the early days of its roots in spectacle, the circus and theater, to its contemporary electronic and algorithmic forms, the cinema as an art practice continues to expand, supporting new inquiries into how best to reflect our understanding of what it means to be in the world. With this in mind, film artist, interactive media designer and educator Ayoka Chenzira will talk about how the idea of cinema is changing in order to create and support expanding experiences of being in the world and will use her new interactive cinema projects, HERadventure and Making Beauty, as two such models.

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Special Presentation of Mary Marshall Clark & Terrell Frazer: A Conversation on Community Oral History


DATE: Thursday, November 13; TIME 7:00PM – 9:00PM ; FALL 2014

Instructor: Mary Marshall Clark & Terrell Frazer
Fee: $20. $10 for Scribe members

Marshall Clark and Terrell Frazier will explore oral history models and methods from around the globe, including the use of oral history as a tool in developing public health policy. We invite members of community and activist organizations to this special presentation to help think about how oral history can be an important tool for your work. They represent the Columbia Center for Oral History Research (CCOH), the oldest and largest oral history program in the world that has conducted landmark projects, including interviews with people who witnessed and responded to the crises 9/11; 20th century women artists; and issues surrounding the death penalty and Guantanamo.

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Special Presentation of Judith Helfand - Part 1:From the Proposal To The Cinematic Image & Part II:Screening of Cooked


DATE: Saturday, November 15; TIME: Part One: 2:00 -4:00 PM, Part Two: 4:30 - 6:30 PM ; FALL 2014

Instructor: Judith Helfand
Fee: $20. Part One: $20 General and $10 for Scribe members Part Two: Free

Part 1: From the Proposal page To the Cinematic Image - A Fundraising Workshop on how to present your documentary film idea to funders
This interactive workshop will focus on how to structure your proposal to best communicate your documentary or non-fiction film idea to a potential funder. A special focus of the workshop will be applying to Chicken & Egg Pictures, a hybrid film fund and nonprofit production company dedicated to supporting women filmmakers who are exploring issues of social justice, the environment and human rights. Learn to write a Letter of Interest and prepare a bio. Bring your trailer or clip on DVD for feedback. MEN who are collaborating with WOMEN who are in leadership positions are welcome.

Part 2: Screening of Cooked (a work-in-progress) produced and directed by Judith Helfand
In Cooked, Helfand sets out to see if America's disaster preparedness industry could be used to tackle what might be the deadliest man-made disaster of all-extreme poverty and acute disparity. She takes audiences from one of the most deadly heat waves in U.S. history deep into the politics of disaster. The film boldly asks questions every U.S. city must address: why wait till after an official "disaster" to invest in rebuilding and restoring neighborhoods suffering from poverty. What if we were to redefine disaster as extreme disparity and inequity?

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Produce and Host Your Own Radio Show


DATES: Wednesdays, December 3, 10 TIME: 7:00-9:00 PM

Instructor: Stephanie Renée
Fee: $75.

Stephanie Renée, Program Director and host of "The MOJO" on 900am WURD, will guide participants through an examination of current events, social media and cultural trends as the basis for the creation of their own radio program. Then, based on their selected program content, help participants to shape the workflow and personal development necessary for a successful implementation of their idea.

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Digital Media Lab for Youth


DATES: Mondays & Wednesdays,Janaury 12, 14, 19, 21 ; TIME: 4:30PM - 6:30PM; WINTER 2015

Instructor: Helyx Chase
Fee: $25.

Students learn basic and camera and editing skills while exploring different methods of storytelling. Each student produces short pieces investigating a subject of personal meaning based on their experimentation with video. Completed projects are uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo to share them with the world. Projects include videos based on a haiku, personal essay or political issues.

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Making Tiny Movies in Adobe Premiere Pro


6 Sessions - Thursdays, January 15, 22, 29, February 5,12,19 7:00 -9:00 PM

Instructor: Ryan Saunders
Fee: $195.

Ready to take your Premiere editing to the next level and learn some of the power features available in Premiere CC? Working on a project that needs some finessing? This workshop builds on the basic concepts of Premiere Pro, and will include color correction, Audio and multi-camera editing Photoshop and After Effects integration using Adobe Dynamic Link, motion graphics, tilting and more. Experience with Adobe Premiere Pro's basic editing concepts is a prerequisite. The workshop is project driven and participants will complete a short project using their newly learned skills.

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Natural & Available Light Cinematography


DATES: Saturdays, January 17 and 24; TIME: 10:30 AM -1:30 PM: WINTER 2015

Instructor: Paul A. Hinson
Fee: $110.

An introduction to lighting and videography featuring hands-on practice with a number of shoot situations common to documentaries. Participants will learn technical skills with the Sony NEX-EA50U and the HXR-NX70U cameras as well as conceptual and problem-solving methods to get the best image out of any budget or location.

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Master Class - Bradford Young: The Craft of Cinematography


DATE: Thursday, January 2, 2015 TIME: 7:00 - 9:00 PM

Instructor: Bradford Young
Fee: $20. $10 for Scribe members

Bradford Young will talk about his process of creating the cinematic image - what he describes as "the quest to find the sublime in the ordinary." There is perhaps no more influential cinematographer in independent American cinema today than Bradford Young. Trained at Howard University, his impressive list of DP credits include Mother of George and Ain't Them Bodies Saints (both of which won 2013 Sundance Awards for Excellence in Cinematography), Dee Rees' Pariah (2011 Sundance winner Excellence in Cinematography), Ava DuVernay's Middle of Nowhere, Tina Marby's Mississippi Damned, and Andrew Dosunmu's Restless City. He recently completed shooting on Du Vernay's Selma and Ed Zwicks Pawn Sacrifice.

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Master Class - María Agui Carter: Moving Our Stories from the Margins to the Center


DATE: Tuesday, January 27; TIME 4:00PM – 6:00PM ; WINTER 2015

Fee: $20. $10 for Scribe members

Filmmaker, Scholar and media activist María Agui Carter’s films navigate the tension between national and community narratives, and explore the politics of race and gender in telling story. Using her latest film REBEL, winner of a 2014 Erik Barnouw Award for best historical film in America as a case study, she will discuss imaginative ways of creating compelling documentary with limited material (for REBEL she had one photo), and share her process in fundraising for, producing, and getting distribution for films that place characters from the margins into the center of American media, as well as discuss her latest works in progress.

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