Ages 16-29
Fall 2017, Morgan State University and on location

This filmmaking workshop will introduce basic methods, processes, and techniques of cinematic action photography for motion pictures. This includes the use of mounted vehicle cameras such as GoPros, and the use of drones for aerial photography.  The workshop will take as its subject the motorcycle club Urban Curves, and will address the dramatic growth of black women riders, mechanics, and racers.  The October 2008 issue of EBONY labeled  the African American motorcycle market a $500 million dollar secret, and women number 4 out of 10 of new motorcycle enthusiasts.  Fellows will meet with S. Taj Hubbard, the President of Urban Curves, who has long considered Baltimore one of the important centers of black motorcycling.  Anthony “Zeke” Settle, National President of Black Stallions MC, and movie consultant for the film Biker Boyz, will also shed light on the subject of women motorcycle riders, including his wife, Ada “Focsi” Settle.  This workshop meets in a concentrated schedule and includes long days.  Fellows must commit to attending every workshop meeting without exception.  They'll work together as a team in the field and in the lab to create a short, collaborative film.  They'll learn interviewing protocols; work with GoPros and a drone, as well as with audio recording equipment; and they'll be introduced to the Adobe Creative Suite, including After Effects, Premiere, and Parallax as editing platforms.  Their film will be shared at a public screening and on the program website.  Limited to 12 student fellows.

Cinematic Action Photography 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.

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.