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BALTIMORE

YOUTH FILM ARTS

 

 YOUR STORY.  YOUR CITY.

YOUR FILM.

 

      The Baltimore Youth Film Arts Program offers 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

SUMMER 2017

 

FROM MIND TO MOVIE: CHARACTER AND SCENE DESIGN FOR ACTORS AND DIRECTORS
Open to Ages 16-29
Saturdays, June 3-July 22, 10:30-2:30, Normal's, 425 E 31st St (map)
Orientation: Thursday, May 18, 5:30-6:30, Johns Hopkins Homewood Campus, 35 Gilman Hall (map)

In this performance workshop, fellows will explore character and scene design from the inside out.  They’ll draw on their own experiences and observations to develop fully realized characters with unique physicalities and voices, rich inner lives, and specific points of view.  Under the loose direction of the instructor, a professional writer and actor, their invented characters will be introduced to one another in improvised scenes.  Characters and scenes will evolve through several meetings and a final group improvisation will be captured on film.  Student fellows will learn improv techniques and story structure, and gain an overall understanding of how to make a scene "work."  The workshop will be invaluable not only to actors, but to writers and directors, who will refine a critical sense of story and character, and learn to communicate with and listen to the performers who help bring their visions to life.  The workshop will also offer fellows an opportunity to share characters and stories they feel are underrepresented in popular film and television, and to share what they feel needs to be shared about the world(s) they live in.  Both personal expressiveness and creative collaboration will be encouraged.  The film of the group improvisation will be shared at a public screening and on the program website.  On July 15 and 22 the workshop will meet in the Arellano Theater under the Glass Pavilion, on the Johns Hopkins Homewood Campus (map).  Limited to 10 student fellows.

Marc Unger is a nationally known actor/writer/comedian.  His work has been featured on network television and in theaters and film festivals in both New York and Los Angeles.  He has shared the stage and screen with artists Stephen Adly Guirgis, John Hawkes, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

 

RETURNING TRUTH TO NEWS AND STORYTELLING
Open to Ages 18-29
Saturdays, June 10-July 22, 9-1, Johns Hopkins Homewood Campus, 35 Gilman Hall (map)
Orientation: Thursday, May 18, 5:30-6:30, Johns Hopkins Homewood Campus, 35 Gilman Hall (map)

The current news environment has become editorialized to suit the entertainment of viewers and less focused on informing them.  In this broadcast journalism workshop, fellows will learn to identify and develop newsworthy stories in their community while relying solely on facts.  The workshop will teach interviewing techniques, research skills, and script writing, and will school fellows in establishing an on-air presence.  Fellows will learn video and sound recording, using both BYFA digital cameras and their own smartphones; and they'll work together on non-linear editing.  While supporting each other's projects as crew, each fellow will produce a 1 to 2 minute story on a subject of her/his choice, consisting of relevant interviews and on camera reporting.  Their work will be shared at a public screening and on the program website.  Limited to 10 student fellows.

Terrence Nelson is a producer for TV One's NewsOne Now and a freelance journalist.  The Morgan State University graduate has worked on projects with major media outlets, such as TV One, CNN, NY Daily News, Netflix, NBC, and MTV.

Karen Campbell is a seasoned television journalist who has worked in front of and behind the camera. She has reported on stories in Baltimore; Washington, DC; Virginia; and Pennsylvania.

Jessica Pettiford is an undergraduate in the Screenwriting and Animation (SWAN) program at Morgan State University. She hopes to improve her own skills in digital filmmaking and photography while working with others and helping them learn something new.

 

MINING THE ARCHIVE: AN INTRODUCTION TO EDITING
Open to Ages 16-29
Saturdays, June 3-24, 9-2, Johns Hopkins Homewood Campus, Gilman 138 (map)
Orientation: Thursday, May 18, 5:30-6:30, Johns Hopkins Homewood Campus, 35 Gilman Hall (map)

This short, intensive workshop will provide an introduction to the art and science of editing.  Student fellows will cut together archival footage as a means of exploring principles of continuity, rupture, and visual rhythm in both narrative and non-narrative works.  They'll use publicly available material as well as their own personal "archives," such as home movies and family photographs.  Attention will also be given to developing sound tracks that offer additional depth to the images.  These will be assembled from free music and other free sound, and will include voice overs that may be drawn from the fellows' own, original writing; or from family letters and diaries; or from similar, third-person materials found in thrift shops.  Finished films will resemble personally expressive "scrapbooks," reflecting fellows' stories and also stories found in or constructed from the archival images and thrift shop texts.  Fellows will learn the basics of Adobe Premiere and Adobe Audition.  They'll create individual short films for a public screening, and they'll also contribute, as a group, to assembling a montage of Baltimore Youth Film Arts material for the BYFA website banner.  Limited to 8 student fellows.

John Mann is a documentary filmmaker and Senior Lecturer in the Film and Media Studies Program at Johns Hopkins University.  Works include the documentaries Shelter: Conversations with Homeless Men, Nicodemus, and Locust Point; the dance for the camera shorts Breathe In…Breathe Out and It Goes Without Saying; and the recent autobiographical short "if...then...”

Gillian Waldo is a film major at Johns Hopkins University.  She is interested in pursuing documentary filmmaking.

 

WHO I'M FROM: FAMILY TREES IN WORD AND IMAGE
Open to Ages 16-29
Saturdays, June 10-July 22, 1:30-5:30, Johns Hopkins Homewood Campus, Gilman 35 (map)
Orientation: Thursday, May 18, 5:30-6:30, Johns Hopkins Homewood Campus, 35 Gilman Hall (map)
 
In this creative writing and photography workshop, student fellows will explore their personal histories by tracing relationships with family members, living and dead, present and absent; and also with family objects and places.  They'll consider how "family trees" may include friends, neighbors, or mentors, and may extend even to historical and/or famous people they admire and have been influenced by.  They'll work from their own memories, from stories they’ve heard, and from interviews and oral histories gathered for the workshop.  They'll study items important to their families: photographs, letters, or possessions passed down through generations; and also objects and locations important to them as individuals.  In poems, stories, and photographs, they'll assemble one or more "family trees" as ways of charting or celebrating the different kinds of connections.  Some questions central to the workshop will be: "How are we shaped by others and how do we shape ourselves?"  "How do we carry others inside us and how do we imagine we're carried inside the people we've known?"  Fellows may also consider what kind of influence they'd like to have on those around them, the mark they want to make.  Fellows will write poetry and fiction, and take still life and landscape photographs, as well as portraits.  Their multimedia projects will be shared at a public exhibition and on the program website.  Limited to 10 student fellows.

Jessica Hudgins lives in Baltimore, where she teaches creative writing. She received her MFA from the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins.  

Leslie Gray studies Cinematic Arts at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and hopes to inspire the community that inspired her.

 

SOUND ART: LISTENING TO BALTIMORE
Open to Ages 16-29
Saturdays, July 1-22, 9-1, Hopkins Homewood Campus, Gilman 35 (map)

This short 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. 
 


SPRING 2017

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FOR FILM LOVERS: DESIGNING A FILM FESTIVAL OR FILM SERIES
Public events for film exposition
Ages 18-29
Thursdays, April 27-June 1, 6-9pm & Saturdays, April 29-May 20, 9-1, Johns Hopkins Homewood Campus, 35 Gilman Hall (map)
Saturday, May 6: Workshop meets 11-3 in the Station North Arts District
No Meeting May 18

GUERILLA FILMMAKING: TATTOO ART
A concentrated, three-meeting, guerilla-style production
Ages 18-29
Thursday, April 27, 6-8pm; Saturday, April 29, 10-5; Sunday, April 30, 12-5; Motorhouse (map) and Points of Xpression Artspace (map)

BALTIMORE UPRISING: A HISTORICAL AND CONTEMPORARY ANALYSIS OF SOCIAL CHANGE
Cross-generational documentary filmmaking focusing on youth and social change
Ages 16-18 (this workshop is fully enrolled)
Sundays, April 30-June 25, 12:30-4:30, Maryland Historical Society, 201 W. Monument St. (map)
No Meeting May 28

HEROES OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD
Biographical documentary filmmaking
Ages 16-24 (this workshop is fully enrolled)
Saturdays, April 1, 1:30-5:30 and April 22-May 20, 1:30-6:30, Johns Hopkins Homewood Campus, 35 Gilman Hall (map)

ANIMATED EMOTION: AN INTRODUCTION TO HAND-DRAWN ANIMATION
The "dancing forms" of animation
Ages 16-29 (this workshop is fully enrolled)
Saturdays, April 1-May 20, 9-1, Johns Hopkins Homewood Campus, 35 Gilman Hall (map)
No Meeting April 22

EXPLORATIONS IN NEOREALISM
Collaborative filmmaking in the neorealist mode
Ages 16-29 (this workshop is fully enrolled)
Saturdays, April 8-May 13, 9-2, Morgan State University, G17 Holmes Hall (map)

DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHY
Full semester course in partnership with Johns Hopkins undergraduates in the Center for Visual Arts
Ages 16-21 (this course is fully enrolled)
Tuesdays, January 31-May 2, 6-9, Johns Hopkins Homewood Campus, Mattin Center

 

BYFA FELLOWS

EVENTS

 

FREE RÉSUMÉ WRITING WORKSHOP
Put your best foot forward.  An effective résumé and cover letter are essential tools in your job search.
Learn how to create, polish, or update your résumé and cover letter in BYFA's free session. 
Identify and feature the skills you've acquired in BYFA film, photography, and storytelling workshops.  
Showcase your accomplishments and frame your professional identity for maximum effect.
Saturday, May 20, 12-3,  Johns Hopkins Homewood, Sherwood Room, Levering Hall (map)
Confirm your space via the "contact" page, email, or phone: youthfilmarts@jhu.edu; 410-516-0502

STORYTELLING OPEN HOUSE
Save the Date!  Storytelling Open House
Saturday, May 27, 1-4, New David Baptist Church of Christ, 1401 N. Milton Ave (map)
Video Booth, Photographic Portraits, Food, Drink, and Door Prizes!

BALTIMORE YOUTH FILM ARTS FINAL SCREENING & EXHIBITION
Save the Date!  Final Screening and Photography Exhibition for Winter and Spring Sessions
Saturday, June 3, 5-8:30, Johns Hopkins Homewood Campus

BORN IN BALTIMORE FILM & PHOTOGRAPHY FESTIVAL

Save the Date! Born in Baltimore Film & Photography Festival
Saturday,  July 15, Creative Alliance, Patterson Park
Submissions Now Open • All Ages Welcome!
www.borninbaltimore.org