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BALTIMORE

YOUTH FILM ARTS

 

 YOUR STORY.  YOUR CITY.

YOUR FILM.

 

      The Baltimore Youth Film Arts Program offers Baltimore City residents ages 16 to 29 the opportunity to learn camera skills, refine storytelling techniques, and create films and photographs to be shared at public screenings and exhibits and on the program website.  Participants are paid stipends and receive certificates for successful completion.

    Our mission is to build an online archive of Baltimore voices; a representation of our city, historical and current, real and imagined.  Be part of the project.  We want to hear from you!

                  The Baltimore Youth Film Arts Program is made possible by the support of the Johns Hopkins Film and Media Studies Program and a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

workshops

A very open environment, encouraging.
—Christopher

I love the variety of ages.
—Eddie

SUMMER 2017
 

SOUND ART: LISTENING TO BALTIMORE
Open to Ages 16-29
Saturdays, July 1-22, 9-1, Hopkins Homewood Campus, Brody Learning Commons 4040 (map)

This short, intensive workshop will be devoted to the art of audio recording.  Using a range of recording devices in the classroom, on group walking tours, and at home, fellows will capture everything from traffic noise to birdsong to jump rope chants.  They may write personal monologues, poems, or original music, and from all these different recordings create layered soundscapes reflecting their personal stories and their neighborhoods.  Through discussion and sharing, technical demonstrations, occasional readings, and group critques, the workshop will address how best to record the different kinds of sounds and, using Adobe Audition, how best to edit them.  Assignments will focus on how to actively listen as well as on how to restructure and create.  Fellows may pursue work in a variety of genres and will consider the integration of sound with other media.  They will work both collaboratively and independently, and learn the basics of recording, mixing, and processing, as well as the creative possibilities and applications of sound.  Final projects will be shared on the program website and at a public exhibition.  Limited to 12 student fellows.

Zoe Friedman is a multimedia installation artist.  She loves to explore, travel, and collaborate, and has created art projects all over the world.  She holds an MFA from MICA and is proud to call Baltimore home. 

Jaeyoung Lee has recently moved from Biology to The Writing Seminars and the Film and Media Studies Program.  He has spent the last year learning the ropes of digital filmmaking and hopes to share the knowledge he's gained.

 

MOTION PICTURES: EXPLORING A KINETIC BALTIMORE
Open to Ages 18-29
Thursday, July 20, 6-8; Saturday, July 22, 10-5; Sunday, July 23, 12-5, Motorhouse (map) and on location

In this short, intensive filmmaking workshop, fellows will capture Baltimore in motion.  They’ll frame and consider sources of movement—people, traffic, the elements; a gesture, a dance step, shifting sunlight, running water—and also styles of movement—lyrical or abrupt, choreographed or spontaneous.  In addition to moving subjects, they’ll experiment with moving cameras, and with the ways in which cutting may create or alter movement through a sequence of shots.  They’ll work collaboratively to create one or more short films, and their material will become the basis for the BYFA website banner.  Meetings will be broken into: Pre-Production: introduction to equipment, creation of teams; Production: all-day shoot, review of rushes; Post-Production: editing and scoring.  Fellows will learn video-recording, including the basics of location shooting, and will gain post-production experience, using Adobe Premiere and Adobe Audition.  Their film(s) will be shared on the program website and at a public screening.  Limited to 10 student fellows.

Motion Pictures is the third in a series of concentrated workshops, designed to take a team of fellows through a complete video project in a single, intensive weekend.  The productions are "guerrilla" in that they're agile, portable, low-budget; and professional in the quality of their high-production-value results.  Fellows may participate in one or more in the series.

Annette Porter is a documentary filmmaker and co-founder, with Helen Morell, of Nylon Films, UK.  Comfortable with her camera in a corporate boardroom or on a high altitude trail in Chile, she produces, directs, and shoots both stills and moving images.

 



(Click on titles for full descriptions.  These workshops are fully enrolled.)

WHO I'M FROM: FAMILY TREES IN WORD AND IMAGE
Creative writing and photography exploring family relationships
Ages 16-29 (this workshop is fully enrolled)
Saturdays, June 10-July 22, 1:30-5:30, Johns Hopkins Homewood Campus, Gilman 35 (map)

FROM MIND TO MOVIE: CHARACTER AND SCENE DESIGN FOR ACTORS AND DIRECTORS
Performance and collaborative story design
Ages 16-29 (this workshop is fully enrolled)
Saturdays, June 3-July 22, 10:30-2:30, Normal's, 425 E 31st St (map)

RETURNING TRUTH TO NEWS AND STORYTELLING
Storytelling relying solely on facts
Ages 16-29 (this workshop is fully enrolled)
Saturdays, June 10-July 22, 9-1, Johns Hopkins Homewood Campus, 35 Gilman Hall (map)
 

BYFA FELLOWS

EVENTS


July 15
BORN IN BALTIMORE FILM & PHOTOGRAPHY FESTIVAL
Saturday,  July 15, 3:30-8
Creative Alliance, Patterson Park (map)
Detailed Programming Schedule Coming June 30
 www.borninbaltimore.org


August 5: Save the Date!
BALTIMORE YOUTH FILM ARTS FINAL SCREENING & EXHIBITION
Final Screening and Photography Exhibition for Summer Session
Saturday, August 5, 5-8:30, Johns Hopkins Homewood Campus, 110 Hodson Hall (map)
Followed by Awarding of Certificates and a Reception with Light Refreshments