workshops

A very open environment, encouraging.
—Christopher

I love the variety of ages.
—Eddie

FALL 2017
 

BALTIMORE UPROAR: DOCUMENTING MEMOIR AND JAZZ
Open to Ages 16-29
Saturdays, October 14-November 11, 10-3, Morgan State University, Holmes Hall (map), and on location at the Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center, 847 N. Howard Street (map)

This digital filmmaking workshop will introduce best practices and basic production techniques for documenting memoir, and for filming and recording live musical performance.  Inspired by Romare Bearden’s (bio) famous glass mosaic, "Baltimore Uproar" (link), fellows will document stories from across generations told by jazz musicians with solid roots in the city, including Grammy Award-winning alto saxophonist Gary Bartz.  In the spirit of Bearden, described by the New York Times as America's "foremost collagist," the workshop will explore connections between jazz and the art of collage, aided by expert insight from Dr. Diedre Harris Kelly, Co-Director of the Romare Bearden Foundation.  Fellows will collaborate on one or more films responding to the art and the artists they encounter.  They'll be introduced to the Adobe Creative Suite, including After Effects, Premiere, and Parallax, as 2D animation is employed to transform art into a living porthole to the past, present, and future of jazz in Baltimore.  Their film(s) will be shared on the program website and at a public screening.  Some workshop meetings will take place on location at the Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center.  Limited to 12 student fellows.

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.

Kyle Yearwood is an assistant in Morgan State University’s Screenwriting and Animation program, with proficiency in cinematography, editing, photography, special effects, and animation.  He has worked as a videographer for the Baltimore MTA, interned for HBO’s Show Me a Hero, and currently freelances in visual production.

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

 

 

(The following workshops are fully enrolledClick on titles for descriptions.)

CINEMATIC ACTION PHOTOGRAPHY
Intensive workshop in action cinema
Ages 16-29
Saturdays, September 9-30, 10-5, Morgan State University, Holmes Hall (map), and on location

MOVEMENT AND MEANING:  AN INTRODUCTION TO DANCE FOR THE CAMERA
Experimental movement and videography
Ages 16-29
Saturdays, September 9-October 7, 10-2, Towson University, CFA 1003 (map); October 14, JHU-MICA Film Center (map)

A GOOD STORY WELL TOLD: MEMOIR FOR FILM

Personal stories on film
Ages 20-29
Saturdays, September 16-October 21, 10-4, LIFT (Learning Is For Tomorrow, Inc.), 901 N. Milton St. (map)

FROM CONCEPT TO TRAILER: DEVELOPING THE DOCUMENTARY SUBJECT

Professional documentary development
Ages 18-29
Thursdays, September 7 & 14, 6-8pm; Saturdays, September 9, 16, & 23, 10-6; Sunday, September 24, 12-5; Motorhouse (map) and on location

INTRODUCTION TO DIGITAL VIDEO: LEARN IT, SHOOT IT, SHARE IT!
Video and audio basics for the short, instructional film
Ages 16-29
Saturdays, September 16-October 21, 9-1, JHU-MICA Film Center (map)

IMAGE OF THE CITY
Urban photography: theory and practice
Ages 16-29
Saturdays, September 16-October 28, 9-1, Johns Hopkins Homewood Campus, BLC-4040

ANIMATED STORYTELLING: CHARACTERS IN STOP-MOTION
Action-based storytelling in claymation and pixilation
Ages 16-24
Saturdays, September 9-October 21, 1:30-5:30, JHU-MICA Film Center (map)