Youth Workshop: Green Screen Video Production

DATES: Saturdays, July 27, August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; TIME: 12:30PM - 2:30PM; SUMMER 2013

Instructor: Ryan Saunders
Fee: $25.

Using green screen techniques, students will produce short videos exploring the theme “I Am,” or “We Are”. Students will learn the basics of setting up a green screen, lighting, shooting and the post-production process of working with green screen footage.

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Ben Kalina: Environmental Justice Documentary


DATE: Wednesday, August 21: TIME: 7:00PM-9:00PM; SUMMER 2013

Instructor: Ben Kalina
Fee: $20. $10 for Scribe members

In this Master Class, Ben Kalina will discuss the consistent elements of producing an environmental justice documentary. How does your budget dictate the approach, your equipment, and your crew? How do you pick a subject? Or, if the subject has picked you, how do you choose the storyline? What is your perceived market and audience, and how does that influence how you design and when you begin your outreach? Are you considering traditional-, self-, or hybrid distribution? Is a feature documentary the best or only way to go? Ultimately, if your goal is to make a difference and to have an impact, what might that look like and what's the best way to make that happen? This workshop is intended for filmmakers at any stage of their project, from pre-production through outreach and distribution.

Ben Kalina's latest film Shored Up screens as part of Scribe's Producers' Forums series on Tuesday, August 20, 7PM at the International House Philadelphia

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NEW DATES: Audio Field Recording


DATES: Tuesdays, September 3, 10, & 24; October 1; TIME: 7:00PM-9:00PM; SUMMER 2013

Instructor: Jeff Towne
Fee: $130.

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 lavalier, 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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Orientation to Scribe II

DATE: Monday, May 20; TIME: 6:30PM - 7:30PM; SPRING 2013

Instructor: Scribe Staff
Fee: $0. FREE - Please call 215.222.4201 or email inquiry [at] to register for orientation.

An overview of all the resources of Scribe Video Center. This orientation session will direct you to the resources, workshops and programs that can get your project off the ground. Scribe staff will be on hand to answer your questions and to give details about all our program offerings. If you are new to Scribe, please plan to attend one of these introductory sessions.

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14 Week Production Workshop

DATES: Wednesdays, June 5, 12, 19, 26, July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, August 7, 14, 21, 28, September 4, 11; Saturdays, June 8, 15, 22, 29, Jguly 6, 13, 20, 27, Auust 3, 10, 17, 24, September 7; TIME: Wednesdays, 7:00PM – 9:00PM; Saturdays, 10:00AM – NOON; SPRING/Summer 2013

Instructor: Serena Reed and Scribe Staff
Fee: $325. $325 for participants with projects, $275 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 individual projects.

Bring your project ideas and get instruction in scriptwriting, production planning, digital video, sound recording, lighting and editing. The workshop will meet on Wednesday evenings and Saturdays, with additional time for shooting and editing projects. Participants will work together as crew on each others’ projects. Two instructors, each with their own area of expertise, will co-teach this workshop.

*Participants with projects who are interested in registering must submit a brief written description about their proposed project for the 14-week workshop and are required to meet with one of the instructors prior to the workshop. Non-fiction projects exploring personal visions, social issues and/or community life, under 10 minutes in length, are encouraged. Please note there is limited space for participants without projects who wish to attend the workshop training sessions and serve on crews for other projects.

For more information, please call 215-222-4201 or register online now

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