Youth Workshop: Introduction to Animation

DATES: Tuesdays, August 7, 14, 21; Fridays, August 10, 17, 24; TIME: 1:00PM-4:00PM; SUMMER 2012

Instructor: Lowell Boston
Fee: $0. Open to all young people ages 11 to 19. Please call us at 212 222 4201 for more information.

Animation is the art of creating the illusion of motion through frame-by-frame manipulation. Join us for a hands-on workshop exploring different techniques of stop motion animation including mixed media, hand drawn, and cut paper. Participants will work in groups and on individual projects inspired by theme. No previous art or computer training is required, just a good imagination and some patience.

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Introduction to Adobe Photoshop


DATES: Thursdays, August 30, September 6, 13, 20 ; TIME: 7:00PM – 9:00PM; SUMMER 2012

Instructor: Laureen Griffin
Fee: $135. $121.50 if register by July 9

Learn how to edit, retouch, paint, manipulate and create still images using the industry standard graphic design program. Quickly become familiarized with Photoshop's interface and workflow. This class is useful for anyone wanting to create graphics for print, web and video. General computer literacy is required.

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Panel Discussion: Ethnographic Filmmaking


DATE: Tuesday, May 8; TIME: 7:00PM - 9:00PM; SPRING 2012

Instructor: Maris Gillette, John L. Jackson Jr., & Naomi Schiller
Fee: $0. FREE & Open to the Public! Walk-ins welcome, pre-registration is encouraged, please call 215-222-4201 to pre-register.

Please join us for this special panel discussion on ethnographic filmmaking.

Naomi Schiller, Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Temple University, will present on her work in Caracas, Venezuela where she worked with community media producers to collaboratively produce short films about community television production in Caracas.

Maris Gillette, Professor of Anthropology at Haverford College, will discuss ethnographic film in China – who is making it, why, and how. She will also talk about collaborative media projects in China and how they relate to ethnographic film.

John L. Jackson, Jr., Richard Perry University Professor of Communication and Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania, will present on what counts as an ethnographic film and who can make them.


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Camille Billops & James V. Hatch: The Filmmaker as Subject


DATE: Tuesday, April 3; TIME: 5:00 PM – 7:00PM; SPRING 2012

Instructor: Camille Billops and James V. Hatch
Fee: $25. $15 for Scribe members

It can be a tricky business putting one’s own life on the screen, but for over 40 years, the filmmaking duo of Camille Billops and James V. Hatch have used personal documentaries to explore what it means to be an artist, a woman, and an African-American in this complex land called the United States. The lens of these films have focused primarily on Billops’ life and family. Although these films explore difficult and painful social and political issues, they are marked by humor, enormous inventiveness and a deep and genuine love.

Drawing from Billops’ training as a sculptor, printmaker and book illustrator and Hatch’s experience as a theater historian/director, together they have made multilayered “documentary” films that deploy dramatizations and a touch of surrealism. In this Master Class, Billops and Hatch will talk about their filmmaking process - “building” a film using diverse media and narrative devices -- family pictures, home movies, drawings, staged theatrical sequences and singing performances. They will also talk about how to keep a critical perspective when the artist is author, subject and object.

Presented in partnership with Film @ International House, The Film & Media Arts Department at Temple University, Swarthmore College, and Cinema Studies at The University of Pennsylvania


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Still Photography and the Moving Image


DATE: Wednesday, May 2; TIME: 7:00PM-9:00PM; SPRING 2012

Instructor: Laurence Salzmann
Fee: $20. $10 for Scribe members

Inspired by the photographic essay, photographer/filmmaker Laurence Salzmann will present his model for filmmaking, using examples from his previous projects. Of interest to both filmmakers and photographers, Salzmann’s approach borrows methods from his previous study with legendary filmmakers Tim Asch, John Marshall and folklorist Alan Lomax, to tell visually stunning and compelling narratives from often-overlooked communities.

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On Monday, April 30, 8:00PM @ International House, Laurence Salzmann presents his film Échele Ganas, about the people, history and culture of Tonalapa, a village in the northern region of the state of Puebla, Mexico. MORE INFO

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