CLIENT ASSIGNMENT: FULLBLAST S.T.E.A.M.
Ages 16-29
Spring 2018, Open Works and on location at Light City

In this film style videography workshop, BYFA student fellows will work in partnership with Morgan State University undergraduates to produce a client assignment promotional video for the PURGG Project (Pop-Up Robotic Gaming Grounds) in Greenmount.  An out-of-school-time program, PURGG hosts “Design/Build/Compete” workshops to introduce young learners to S.T.E.A.M. concepts and skills (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, & Mathematics).  The video will focus on the group’s preparation for and competition in a tournament at Baltimore’s Light City (link), where PURGG 4th through 8th graders will compete on obstacle courses with robots and drones.  BYFA fellows will be involved hands-on in every aspect of production, and while no prior filmmaking experience is required, they must be prepared to work together with Morgan film students as a professional crew.  The intense, tight schedule will require all contributors be present and on-time for every meeting.  They’ll experience the collaborative nature of filmmaking and learn to apply their skills to meeting the needs of client.  They'll learn video and audio recording, interview protocols and techniques, and the basics of Adobe Premiere.  Meetings will be broken into: Day 1: Pre-Production and Production (daytime shoot); Day 2: Production (nighttime shoot); Day 3: Post-Production (editing).  Their short, collaborative film will be used by PURGG for promotion in Baltimore and beyond, and will also be shared at a BYFA public screening and on the BYFA website.  Limited to 7 student fellows. 

Client Assignment: FullBlast S.T.E.A.M. is a co-production of Baltimore Youth Film Arts and Morgan State University.

Keith Mehlinger is Director of the Digital Media Center and Coordinator of the Screenwriting and Animation program (SWAN) at Morgan State University.  A producer/writer/director, he produced episodes of the syndicated series, Story of a People, and recently completed a short documentary about parents of sons lost to street violence for the Morgan multimedia project, Mother's Lament.

David Lee Roberts Jr., an award-winning television producer and documentary filmmaker, is Adjunct Professor in the Screenwriting and Animation (SWAN) program at Morgan State University.  Television credits include Metro Focus, and film credits include the upcoming features Covenant of Peace, about the Washington, D.C. juvenile justice system, and Charm City, about Baltimore community reform and engagement.

Sakinah Bowman is an undergraduate in Morgan State University’s Screenwriting and Animation (SWAN) program with a special concentration in editing.   She mastered Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 in order to create her own visuals for her poetry and narrative works.